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Hitting what's hitting you, in the Korengal Valley. Some moments of Gunner Zen

Even if they're hiding behind that ridge over there.

090814-A-1211M-004: KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan. Mortar rounds racked and ready for use at the Korengal Outpost in Kunar province, Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, Aug. 14. The Co. B mortar team is one of the most active in Afghanistan. Since arriving in June, the mortar-men have fired more than 1,100 rounds. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

090814-A-1211M-004: KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan. Mortar rounds racked and ready for use at the Korengal Outpost in Kunar province, Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, Aug. 14. The Co. B mortar team is one of the most active in Afghanistan. Since arriving in June, the mortar-men have fired more than 1,100 rounds. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan.  A Korengal Outpost based U.S. Army Soldier with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, used the weapon sight to align a 120mm mortar tube on the firing deflection before firing mortar rounds at insurgent fighting positions in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 15.  (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan.  A Korengal Outpost based U.S. Army Soldier with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, used the weapon sight to align a 120mm mortar tube on the firing deflection before firing mortar rounds at insurgent fighting positions in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 15.  (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

 090815-A-1211M-001: KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan  U.S. Army Soldiers with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at the Korengal valley, fire mortar rounds at insurgent fighting positions in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2009 (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

090815-A-1211M-001: KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan  U.S. Army Soldiers with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at the Korengal valley, fire mortar rounds at insurgent fighting positions in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2009 (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan U.S. Army Soldiers with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at the Korengal Outpost, fire mortar rounds at insurgent fighting positions in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2009.   (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan U.S. Army Soldiers with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at the Korengal Outpost, fire mortar rounds at insurgent fighting positions in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2009.   (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

3 Comments

Greetings:

My favorite Platoon Sergeant used to like to remind me that Privates see what's on this side of the hill;  Sergeants see what's on the other side of the hill.  
 
As a former 13B, I think if you're firing mortars at 'em, then they're too close.  LOL
 
If you're firing M16s and M4s at them, they're too close.
Mortar range is at least a little buffer, usually.

Nice pics.