Good News Friday

I am very happy every time I hear that we have found another “Cashe” as this is less ammo in the hands of terrorists!

1st Cavalry News

Cache found in western Ghazaliya

By Sgt. Michael Leonhardy
2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment

            BAGHDAD – During a night patrol in the farm fields of western Ghazaliya April 14, Soldiers from Multi-National Division-Baghdad found what they thought to be an improvised rocket launcher.  This small find led to a very large cache buried nearby.

            While moving through a field, observers from the Fort Bliss, Texas-based 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, noticed three pieces of ordnance with the improvised rocket launcher in a cinderblock shack. The Soldiers secured the area and waited for daylight to excavate the site.

            When sunrise came April 15, the observers linked up with the rest of their Scout Platoon and started investigating the site.  1st Lt. Scott Pharis, on advice from his platoon sergeant, called in an explosive ordnance disposal team to help with the live ordnance.

            Initially, all the Soldiers found was a wooden box, about the size of a coffin, buried next to the shack.  Further investigation found mounds of dirt that looked like they had been recently disturbed.

             “Initially, we thought there was a small cache, maybe only ten rounds. Every time we picked up one round, we would find three more buried in the dirt around it,” said Pharis. 

            As the Soldiers began to dig, they realized they could not even see how deep the cache went.  

            The Scout Platoon and EOD worked vigorously for 14 hours straight to remove all the ordnance out of the deep mud holes of the cache.

            What they found were 178 120mm mortar rounds, 126 57mm rockets, 108 unidentified rounds, four homemade bombs, seven shape charges, three initiators, two 81mm mortars, two cell phones, three hand grenades, two rocket-propelled grenade warheads, one 130mm mortar round and one 155mm artillery round.

            After all the dust had settled, the Scout Platoon uncovered more than 400 different pieces of explosive material and munitions. This marks the biggest cache found by 2-12th Cavalry since the battalion took over their sector of the Iraqi capital in early November.

            EOD conducted a controlled detonation to blow the ordnance in place. The explosion was so big it was felt by Soldiers at Camp Liberty, more than six miles away.

Ordnance from a cache found in western Ghazaliya by Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, is stacked and ready for demolition April 15. More than 400 different pieces of explosive material and munitions were found at the site and destroyed by an explosive ordnance disposal team.  The blast of the controlled detonation could be felt at Camp Liberty, more than six miles away.  (US Army photo by 1st Lt. Scott Pharis, 2-12th Cavalry)

Ordnance from a cache found in western Ghazaliya by Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, is stacked and ready for demolition April 15. More than 400 different pieces of explosive material and munitions were found at the site and destroyed by an explosive ordnance disposal team.  The blast of the controlled detonation could be felt at Camp Liberty, more than six miles away.  (US Army photo by 1st Lt. Scott Pharis, 2-12th Cavalry)

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment pull out buried ordnance at a weapons cache site they discovered in Baghdad’s Ghazaliya district April 15.  More than 400 different pieces of explosive material and munitions were found at the site and destroyed by an explosive ordnance disposal team.  The blast of the controlled detonation could be felt at Camp Liberty, more than six miles away.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Scott Pharis, 2-12th Cavalry)

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment pull out buried ordnance at a weapons cache site they discovered in Baghdad’s Ghazaliya district April 15.  More than 400 different pieces of explosive material and munitions were found at the site and destroyed by an explosive ordnance disposal team.  The blast of the controlled detonation could be felt at Camp Liberty, more than six miles away.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Scott Pharis, 2-12th Cavalry)
 

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6 Responses to Good News Friday

  1. Desktopjunk says:

    Thanks, always good posts on your blog!

  2. cavmom says:

    Thanks for stopping by Desktopjunk. I love your screen name. It fits my desk here at my office. 😀

  3. proud says:

    1LT Pharis is my Boyfriend, and i was so proud of him and his soldiers after hearing of this! they are really working hard over there prtecting all of us back home!

  4. cavmom says:

    You have much to be “Proud” of! Give your Soldier a big hug from us when he gets home.

  5. CavWife says:

    My husband wrote this article, I just want to say im VERY proud of him for doing what he does. Amazing Soldier, Husband and Father.. Thank you for all you do. We miss you, come home safe!

  6. CavMom says:

    CavWife ~ Excellent reporting by your husband. I am very thankful for those who keep the news flowing to us back in the States! An important job that they are doing so well. Thank you for stopping in.
    🙂

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