That’s an M2

Caption writers strike again:

U.S. Army Spc. Tara M. Morrow of Erie, Pa., Corps of Engineers, Alpha Company, 1st Detachment, 128th Brigade Support Battalion, fires a M240B machine gun at a heavy weapons range in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, Oct. 11. Task Force Taskmaster Soldiers understand weapons familiarization and proficiency could make the difference in the fiercest of battles.

U.S. Army Spc. Tara M. Morrow of Erie, Pa., Corps of Engineers, Alpha Company, 1st Detachment, 128th Brigade Support Battalion, fires a M240B machine gun at a heavy weapons range in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, Oct. 11. Task Force Taskmaster Soldiers understand weapons familiarization and proficiency could make the difference in the fiercest of battles. Photo by Spc. Richard Daniels Jr.

The M240B is above her.

Anyway, girl shooting .50 machine gun. Don’t you love America?

UPDATE: Gah. Just noticed another pic in the series which shows her firing the M240. They call it an M249.

Comments

  1. Anyway, girl shooting .50 machine gun. Don’t you love America?

    Women in the military is a sign of weakness not strength. I wish we still had the old WACS and WAVES systems.

  2. 11 Bravo,

    I agree with you.

    However, if the Messiah has his way, we’ll not only have real girls in the squadbays but dancing queens as well.

    Yea, yea. I know they’re already in and doing a good job but let’s keep the “don’t ask, don’t tell doctrine.

    PS: Murdoc…You don’t “shoot” a MaDeuce. You stroke it till it ejaculates and decimates.

  3. Some of the best Russian fighter pilots of WWII were women.

    If women want to be in the armed forces I say more power to them, as long as they can do their job properly. The same applies to men of course.

  4. If either guy in the front two posts has seen combat at all, then I’d sure as hell hope they never received help from any Canadians in their experiences! As a proud Canadian infantry Master Corporal, I’m damn proud of my fellow women soldiers – and in the infantry to boot! Some of them can kick my ass no problem and most of them are absolutely fantastic (the few we get are generally top par material).
    So…you sexist bastards can…respectfully from one vet to another (or angrily from a vet to a greenhorned civvie who knows nothing about the military)…go and shove that…or tell that to some of my “lady” friends I’ve fought with.

  5. The Russian women are a good example. However, keep in mind the US armed forces are expeditionary forces. The Russians fought in their own ballpark and were pushed to the brink with devastating manpower losses. It wasn’t strength that lead the Soviets to put women in their ranks, it was desperation.

    I think women can function as partisans and in homeland defense because the gear is near and they can go from cache to cache. US-type expeditionary forces require troops to carry a heavy load on their backs and travel. I just don’t see women functioning in one of our infantry units. I’m sure there are a handful of women who are strong enough, just like there are many men who are not. However, it’s not worth maintaining separate facilities to accommodate the handful of women who might make the cut.

    A female Chicago Tribune reporter was covering the 101st in Iraq and found herself needing the soldiers to carry her gear.

    I’m not qualified to say that no woman could do that job, but I suspect that it would be a rare one who could. I had run a marathon not long before the war and worked out almost every day. I grew up on an Iowa farm where manual labor was part of the bargain. But I had been bested by a car battery, and when I handed my load to that soldier, I admitted that I never could have cut it in the infantry.

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