On Patrol In Somalia


My MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) in the Army was 11H, a Heavy Anti-Armor Weapons Infantryman. More often referred to as a TOW Gunner. A T.O.W. is an anti tank missile system. A very big one at that, which meant we had trucks to move the systems with. Making our platoon more mobile than the other platoons in our company. This meant we did motorized patrols all the time.

All the time.

This photo was taken from the gunner station on one of those patrols in Southern Somalia. Sometimes we patrolled with a team of helicopters and you can see one in this photo. I believe it is a Cobra Assault helicopter but I am not positive. Typically a patrol would consist of 2 assault copters and 1 scout copter as well as two gun trucks and one support truck.

It was always nice to have those birds circling our conveys. Very comforting due to the amount of firepower they have. But not so much fun when one opens fire right over your head. Empty 20mm casings falling from the sky will rattle your helmet for sure.

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