10th Mountain Div Kicks Terrorist Azz

With all the focus on Iraq, we sometimes forget all about Afghanistan. Give it up for for the boys in the 10th Mountain Division:

Spc. Jose Pantoja shows off the danger of his mission along the border region of eastern Afghanistan:  a scar on his cheek from an enemy bullet.

During one of the longest firefights his company has encountered – nearly four hours long – three others sustained gunshot wounds, and nearly everyone took minor wounds from rocket propelled grenade shrapnel.

“One of our guys actually got shot in his helmet,” Pantoja said.  “It knocked him down, but he got up and kept fighting.”

Engaging in firefights is almost daily life for the Coalition troops at Forward Operating Base Bermel, most attached to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division.  They keep enemy extremists at bay in this district in the eastern part of the Paktika Province, allowing Bermel to progress with reconstruction projects and establish a firm government.

Way to go, troopers! Keep up the good work!

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