Dec 4, 2009

AR RAMADI, Iraq (Aug. 15, 2005) -Gunnery Sgt. John Kelsch, platoon sergeant for 4th Platoon, Company A, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, which is in direct support of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, points to a spot on a large weapons caches where C-4 explosives needs to be placed during a mission Aug. 15. Kelsch and other combat engineer conducted a weapons caches sweep through several acres of farmland located on the southern outskirts of the city here and uncovered several large weapons caches while supporting Operation Bullard II. First Battalion, Fifth Marines carried out the operation, which started before daylight and lasted until midday, in and around a small community on the edge of volatile Ramadi in an effort to capture insurgents and weapons. Combat engineer Marines discovered a mortar tube, more than 200 artillery shells in sizes ranging from 60 mm to 155 mm, four .50 caliber machine gun barrels plus more than 2000 rounds of ammunition and approximately 1000 7.62 mm rounds, 600 of which were armor piercing. The engineer Marines consolidated the munitions into one large caches and destroyed it with a controlled detonation set off by C-4 explosives. Infantrymen with the battalion searched houses, vehicles and personnel and captured 14 insurgents. Photo by: Cpl. Tom Sloan

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