Target Identified! Fire! On the Way!

Camp Atterbury, IN -- In an up-armored Hummer, negotiating the mounted gunnery range

Camp Atterbury, IN —
In an up-armored Hummer, negotiating the mounted gunnery range

Do you know what the above words mean? Don’t worry, I didn’t either, before today. Today, I received a lesson in the finer points of “gunnery,” Army style.

Rather than firing at a small scale range with simulated targets (with fake bullets,) we actually fired on a full-scale range with real ammunition. And, rather than simply firing small arms (like our pistols and our rifles,) we fired some of our “big guns,” including the large machine guns and large grenade launchers. It’s a lot of fun shooting on the range, but I know the fun-factor will be reduced greatly if/when we have to shoot while in the ‘stan.

During the gunnery range, I was the “TC” (truck commander) of a HMMWV with a two-man crew. I had an awesome driver and diligent gunner on the big weapon. We hit all of our targets from the vehicle. It was a good feeling to work with a team to perform a potentially-lifesaving task.

Last night we spent the night at the range because we had to fire again early this morning. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m looking forward to going back to the open squad bay at the main part of camp. Somehow, sleeping on cots just isn’t as fun as an adult as it was when I was a kid!

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