• Pfc. Zachery C. Okerson (left), who serves as an assistant gunner with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, covers his ears after firing the new 120 MM Precision Guided Round during a training exercise at Combat Out Post Terra Nova, Afghanistan May 27.

    Mortarmen in Afghanistan train with new round

    Pfc. Zachery C. Okerson (left), who serves as an assistant gunner with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, covers his ears after firing the new 120 MM Precision Guided Round...

  • Pvt. Joshua Bakerink, who serves as a gunner with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, sets his sights before firing the new 120 MM Precision Guided Round during a training exercise at Forward Operating Base Terra Nova, Afghanistan May 27.

    Mortarmen in Afghanistan train with new round

    Pvt. Joshua Bakerink, who serves as a gunner with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, sets his sights before firing the new 120 MM Precision Guided Round during a training...

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan- Mortarmen with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, conducted a live fire exercise with the new 120mm Precision Guided Round at Combat Out Post Terra Nova, Afghanistan May 27.

The new round equips the mortarmen with A Company a unique capability that can deliver more accurate fires support for their fellow soldiers.

"The new round is a lot better than a conventional round," said Staff Sgt. Ryan Brown, who serves as a mortar section sergeant with A Company. "It is more precise and allows us to fire one round instead of the ten to fifteen it used to take us to do the same job."

The mortarmen first began training with the new PGR at their home-station in Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash.

Although their training for the new round began back at home-station, training with the round while deployed proved to be very important in ensuring the section

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