Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Paratrooper Learns the Ropes in Baghdad

DefenseLink News Article: Face of Defense: Paratrooper Learns the Ropes in Baghdad: "Face of Defense: By Staff Sgt. Mike Pryor, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, Jan. 22, 2008 – As a fresh-out-of-basic training addition to a company of paratroopers who have already been in combat for 13 months, Army Pfc. Kyle Canamore is finding out that he still has a lot to learn.
Helping his new platoon search a house recently, Canamore found it an effort just to keep up. Everything sped up into a blur as he charged up and down stairs and in and out of rooms, his mind racing to make split-second adjustments, look for hidden danger areas, and cover every angle with his M249 squad automatic weapon. In a room on the second floor, he paused for a moment, the sweat running down his face, but there was no time to rest. “Canamore. Hey, Canamore!” shouted his team leader, Spc. Bryce Bourland, who was busy searching through a closet. “You think I’m talking because it lowers my cholesterol? Get over here and look through these drawers!” Canamore drew a breath and snapped back into action.
As the newest member of 2nd Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Canamore, 19, is in a tough position. After basic training and airborne school, Canamore figured he’d have time to train with his new unit before he deployed. Instead, he received orders sending him straight to Iraq. Seemingly overnight, he found himself at a combat outpost in Baghdad, eating field rations with the battle-hardened veterans of Company B. As a SAW gunner, he goes out three or four times a day on patrols, where the learning curve has been steep. "

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