Patriots help Afghans test their mettle

A 4th Brigade, 201st Afghan National Army Corps soldier drops a 60mm mortar round down the tube to launch down range Jan. 8 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi.


LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan –– It may be small, but a 60mm mortar round has a blast radius of more than 20 meters and can be fired at enemies 3 1/2 kilometers away. The M224 60mm mortar system has become a staple of American light infantry operations and now it’s becoming one for the Afghan National Army. Members of the 4th Brigade, 201st ANA Corps, finished more than a month of training on the 60mm mortar weapon system at Forward Operating Base Gamberi with instructors from 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, with a cumulative live-fire exercise Jan. 8.
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