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Washington Guardsmen in Afghanistan

Post by Scott Fontaine on Oct. 12, 2009 at 2:11 pm with No Comments »
October 12, 2009 2:11 pm
The soldiers of the 741st EOD Battalion at their April departure ceremony at Camp Murray. (Joe Barrentine/The News Tribune)
The soldiers of the 741st EOD Battalion at their April departure ceremony at Camp Murray. (Joe Barrentine/The News Tribune)

Stars and Stripes reports about testing of the new Mine Resistant Ambushed Protected All-Terrain Vehicle (luckily, you can save the syllables and just say M-ATV). They’re vehicles using the IED-proofing of an MRAP and making them a tad more nimble for Afghanistan’s rough terrain.

Two quotes caught my attention:

“It’s been tested back in the States,” said Lt. Col. Brennan Phillips, commander of Task Force Paladin East, which supports the 82nd Airborne in eastern Afghanistan to counter the explosives threat. “It’s untested on the battlefield.”

“It makes me miss my Jeep back home,” said Maj. David Klahn, Paladin East executive officer, who test-drove the M-ATV.

The article doesn’t say this (it’s a different audience), but Task Force Paladin East is staffed with guys from the Washington National Guard’s 741st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, which left in April to run the counter-IED effort in Afghanistan.

The guys are keeping pretty dang busy over there, and it’s nice to see them get some pub.

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