What’s more American than fighting for freedom and baseball? Doing both at the same time, of course.
Photographs released by the Department of Defense show U.S. service members enjoying an improvised game of baseball with a gorgeous sunset in the background after a long day of raining 155mm shells from M777 and M109 Paladin howitzers from a remote fire base in Iraq. The photos were taken on June 23, 2018.
Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and their Iraqi allies have been shelling ISIS locations in Syria as part of Operation Roundup, a major push to finally clear entrenched ISIS fighters from parts of the Euphrates River Valley and finally bring the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve to a close.
The bombardment itself is taxing but, according to the Pentagon, quite fulfilling. “The most satisfying moment in the mission was when all three artillery units, two Iraqi and one U.S., executed simultaneous fires on a single target location,” Task Force Steel operations officer Maj. Kurt Cheeseman said in a DoD release.
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