SHINKAI DISTRICT, AFGHANISTAN – Soldiers here at Forward Operating Base Wolverine suddenly found themselves sprinting from mission to mission last week.
Their deployment at one time seemed slow because of the heavy snow that fell over the past winter. The cold weather helped keep enemy activity to low levels for months.
Last week, soldiers in the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment started running two to three missions a day. Some took place at night. Some were planned. Some were based on suspected threats.
The intense run peaked Saturday night when the squadron’ s C Troop had its first successful engagement with the enemy. We’ll tell you more in a story that’s scheduled to run this week.
The fight gave a boost to some tired soldiers who were working around the clock for much of the past week.
“This is what I signed up to do,” said Spc. Eric Pollack, 36, after a 13-hour mission Sunday morning. “I want to do more of that.”
Commanders considered the engagement the first of the insurgency’s expected spring offensive. They were glad the fight went their way even as they looked ahead to what might come next.
“This is going to be a long deployment,” said Lt. Joseph Fontana, 28, the troop’s executive officer. “This is a great victory for us.”