The Battle Begins
We step off of our choppers a safe distance away; all three squads form up and are ordered out towards their respected objectives.
We have some armor support, as we move towards the first town, Somato, a friendly M1A1 Abrams rolls by at full speed. The battle begins and my squad, in the lead, takes fire; we go prone and our squad leader orders members of the squad to engage.
I hear heavy machine gun fire to our right, and later learn that we had some armor support units, (A Stryker, M1A1, and an M113 Troop Transport) take out an enemy chopper which crashes on the battlefield in front of us.
I get my first kill as an enemy soldier runs over the ridge line just 20 yards in front of me; no time to think, training pays off as I raise my weapon, take the shot and bring the enemy down.
I move up and look for any goodies like grenades or a Rolex watch off the dead Russian. I find nothing but a couple of grenades, but I still have my own and take nothing. I fall back into my assigned fire position.