Wednesday, October 08, 2003


These guys have to contend with stuff a bit more serious than "gloom of night".
Convoys were originally protected by M16-armed Soldiers riding “shotgun,” with the drivers in the truck cabs.

Force protection is now provided by Army transportation units driving gun trucks -- 5-ton trucks modified with M-60 machine-gun mounts -- with a truck in the front, middle and rear of each convoy. Each truck has a driver, assistant driver and a gunner who must stand in the back of each truck on the lookout for trouble.

“I go out almost every day. This mission is highly interesting -- and highly dangerous,”said Sgt. John Flamer, a driver with the 547th.

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