It was now day five for our Sniper/Recon team, which consisted of me (sniper), “P” as my spotter, and four reconnaissance Rangers. We had been gathering intelligence and tracking a high-value target behind enemy lines in southern Afghanistan for the past four days. With the intel we had gathered, we sent up our reports to an assault force consisting of 30 Rangers, and chose to conduct an operation to capture or kill the H.V.T located in a small compound near our location.
My team met up with the assault force early in the afternoon on the fifth day. After a quick operations order, we decided to make our movement under the cover of darkness to the targeted location. As the sun fell beneath the Afghanistan horizon, our element set out on a foot movement that would total 10 kilometers over rough terrain and through small villages. The movement seemed to my team a lot further – we had been awake for 4 and a half days carrying 70-100 pounds of gear and only managing to take 15 to 30 minute cat naps every now and then. Thanks to the training we had stateside, we knew what our bodies were capable of, even in the worst of conditions.
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