U.S., Jan. 8, 2024 - SF soldier volunteers Bulldog, Razor, et al, sorted medical supplies to take with different teams to different deployments. Then they stuck around and helped do some general organizing. Lots of fun and laughter! SOT introduced them to a lunch of pool hall hot dogs! The particular facility is supposed to be briefly closed post-holiday crunch, but has had many, many tasks every day accommodating various movements. All Together Now!®
Vilseck, Germany. (February 15, 2024): Ambushes, flanking maneuvers, double envelopment, suppressive fire, these are the core infantry tactics employed by armies since the earliest days of warfare. In this photo by Specialist William Kuang, Soldiers with the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment prepare their weapons before heading into the bush. Platoon size units like these use flanking methods to close with and destroy the enemy.
In military strategy, flanking is attacking the opponent from the side rather than head on. This is done because the enemy's strength is usually concentrated at the front and you are more likely to find a “soft spot” or weakness hitting the enemy at the sides. The goal is to gain an advantageous position over an opponent by attacking where the enemy is least able to mount a defense.
Typically, this is done in one of three ways.
The first is the classic ambush where a unit sets up a surprise attack from a concealed position. Ambushes often follow the same flanking principle; one side opens fire while another takes a blocking position to prevent the enemy’s escape. The key to a successful ambush, of course, is to arrange fire teams in such a way to avoid confusion and friendly fire.
Another type of flanking maneuver is employed when a unit encounters an enemy in a fortified position. In this scenario, the goal is to “pin” the enemy in place using “suppressive” fire to prevent them from returning fire, retreating, or moving to meet a flank attack. Suppressive fire is defined as “inaccurate fires” designed to keep the enemy occupied while the attacking force concentrates on the flanks.
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BODO, NORWAY, March 8, 2022 - II MEF presents secure expeditionary communication capability - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Curtis (left), and Lance Cpl. Dylan Shawver, guard force sentries with 2d Marine Expeditionary Support Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, pose with a portable handset enabled with PacStar Radio over Internet Protocol (RoIP) during Exercise Cold Response 2022, Bodo, Norway, March 9, 2022. PacStar RoIP is a critical communication capability which enables instantaneous and simultaneous two-way radioRead more ...