I headed to the ready room and conducted a Pre Combat Inspection (PCI) on my gear, weapon system, and radio after our team had a look at the imagery of the proposed target building. As it looked, all the buildings were of similar height in the neighborhood and we would have a difficult time obtaining the preferred advantage point that sniper teams thrive on.
We would need a place close to the target building, probably on the roof of a building similar in height.
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Awesome read so detailed with the smells of the city and preparing mentally to the smile at the end :-) that made me smile. Respect
Another excellent article and the end was even better - a good one. Was another 'felt like I was there' moment. Am so glad you are here telling your own stories. Really enjoying the photos with your article.
@isaiahzb Greetings for Portland! I have longed to be SOF from the beginning of time however my time in the military and life had a different course for me. I appreciate the work of you and your fellow brethren, the world is a much safer place. I await your future articles with much excitement.
@isaiahzb Ahhh, that makes sense. He was more experienced as a sniper than you were and it was primarily a sniper mission. That was the piece I missed :) I should tell you that I've worked for a library for over 30 years, am an avid reader and review books as a hobby. So, my compliment was sincere because I recognize and appreciate good writing. Great ideas or experiences for stories can go down in flames if the author is not a good storyteller. You have the 'it' factor :)
@StormR Many thanks for the compliment. For a sniper team, the security generally doesn't carry a sniper style weapon system. As a security guy I was just a rifleman that night and therefore able to maneuver/engage faster in an urban environment. Hope that helps.