Jan 15, 2005

AR RAMADI, Iraq (Aug. 15, 2005) - Lance Cpl. Brandon C. Jordan, a combat engineer with 4th Platoon, Company A, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, which is in direct support of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, stands by with his metal detector in hand while his partner, Lance Cpl. Matthew F. Tripp, digs for weapons buried in a field on the outskirts of the city here during an early-morning mission Aug. 15. Jordan, Tripp and other combat engineers 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. Infantrymen with the battalion searched houses, vehicles and personnel and captured 14 insurgents. Photo by: Cpl. Tom Sloan

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