At work in Ramadi

Cpl. Julius Mitchell, left, and Cpl. Jeremy Rugg, center, lay down covering fire while Cpl. Adam Gokey spots insurgent positions on his right and fires a grenade, seen traveling through the air, while on patrol in the city of Ramadi. The mission was part of the continuing support by 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team/28th Infantry Division (2/28th BCT). 2/28th BCT is deployed with 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (IMEF) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Al Anbar province to develop the Iraqi security forces, facilitate the development of official rule of law through democratic government reforms, and continue the development of a market based economy centered on Iraqi reconstruction. U.S Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Samuel C. Peterson (RELEASED)

Links from his ammo belt and brass fly as Sgt. Juan Morales, attached to 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), lays down a vicious barrage of gun fire on insurgent positions to cover U.S. Marines movements while on patrol in the city of Ramadi…U.S Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Samuel C. Peterson (RELEASED)

Ramadi still seems to be relatively exciting.


  1. Interesting…I didn’t think Marines used M4s. And I’ll commend the PAO guy on a good job with the unit designations (assuming they’re correct) and even clarifying his military abbreviations. Kudos to him and those who taught him how to write.

  2. ANGLICO units are ‘special.’ They generally do not support Marine units – Marine battalions already have their own Air Teams and artillery spotters. They support Army and foreign units by coordinating their Naval gunfire (what little there is these days) and Navy and Marine Air Support. They are also better at dealing with the Air Farce than most Army units. They probably carry M4’s to cut weight because they are Airborne ready (in case they have to support a U.S. or foreign Airborne unit) and many of them carry radios. Notice the ‘donkey dick’ antenna of a PRC-113 (my favorite radio) or UHF capable SINCGARS radio sticking out of the backpack on the left. These radios are great for line of sight communications with aircraft from long distances. The other antenna looks like a folded back tape antenna from a VHF SINCGARS radio for communications with local ground units. I love that a small Marine detachment assigned to an Army unit brought along their own Navy photographer/reporter to document their exploits. You have to love Marines!

  3. Bram, Well would you expect no less? What self-respecting Marine would trust a damned Army doggy to take a decent photo? We all know that the Marines second-greatest nemesis is the Army.

  4. The photographer seems pretty brave too. Those guys are hiding behind the wall firing grenades and (s)he’s standing there in full view of enemy snipers taking a picture…

  5. i have to say the pics are awesome. I had the honor to work with the great photographer who not only took good pics, but also fired his weapon in anger when insurgents fired at us. I love ANGLICO and what we do, never again will ANGLICO go away, at least not without a fight. We kill more insurgents than anyone else and fight hard for the men to our right and left, that is what Marines do. Fight for the safety of one another..Semper Fi..

  6. I have to say it was a day of rest in peace for the insurgents that tried to fight. ANGLICO is back in full swing and we will continue to fight as Marines, and watch each others back….Heros are never born, they are made.