Return Fire

A U.S. Soldier, center, with the 101st Airborne Division, returns fire with a M249 light machine gun during combat operations in the valley of Barawala Kalet, Kunar province, Afghanistan March 29, 2011. (DoD photo by Pfc. Cameron Boyd, U.S. Army/Released)

A U.S. Soldier, center, with the 101st Airborne Division, returns fire with a M249 light machine gun during combat operations in the valley of Barawala Kalet, Kunar province, Afghanistan March 29, 2011. (DoD photo by Pfc. Cameron Boyd, U.S. Army/Released)

Who’s the guy on the left?

Comments

  1. I think that is the new Afghan National Army camo.

    I know the US Army loves switching camouflage patterns these days, but should we really get the ANA in that habit when a good portion of them might just sell these nice new digital uniforms to the enemy? Or is it only for competent ANA units and Afghan special forces?

    I see a Magpul PMAG or EMAG on that M4 in the lower left hand corner. Seems those are now quite popular, hopefully the Army or Marines don’t decide to ban them for some BS reason.

    1. Definitely ANA. The camo is ‘Afghan Forest’ that they brought in about a year and a half back.
      They are transitioning (slowly) to M-16s, both for modernising and for ease of logistics on joint ops, so those converted battalions are getting M249 SAWs as well.

  2. Yikes, returning fire uphill at the 7 or 8 o’clock position relative to the sandbags can’t be a good thing….

  3. The guy on the left??

    This here ain’t Taylor.

    Taylor’s dead!

    This here is Chris. He’s been resurrected.

  4. Wow is there a lot happening in that picture!

    More cammo patterns than the hunting section of Cabelas. Is that a Brit on the left?
    Everyone’s looking in a different direction – Are they surrounded?
    I never understood the purpose of a scope on a short-barreled machine-gun.
    All those cool cammo patterns are kind of defeated with the neon-green sandbags. Did they run our of the old brown burlap ones?

    1. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Murdoc finds the best pictures.

      He should be on the Pulitzer selection committee!

  5. The guy on the left looks like he’s got a beard, so I’m thinking he’s Afghani. His camo looks like a digital woodland, rather than a DPM………….another strike against him being a Brit. It certainly looks like they’re in the middle of some ****…………hope everything turned out all right for them and they got the bad guys!

  6. PS: This must be what the recruiter meant when he said, “Adventure in far away storied lands………..”

  7. I guy firing up to our left has a kind of ugly only an American Infantryman can possess. I can think of 3 or 4 guys I served with who had similar mugs. I love it!

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