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Lethal Warriors search mountains of Kunar

Sgt. Dustin Kaminiski, team leader for 2nd squad, 1st Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, assigned to Task Force Mountain Warrior, and Staff Sgt. Johnny L. Bates, squad leader for weapons squad, 1st platoon, stand guard in a small village in the Kunar province.

Sgt. Dustin Kaminiski, team leader for 2nd squad, 1st Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, assigned to Task Force Mountain Warrior, and Staff Sgt. Johnny L. Bates, squad leader for weapons squad, 1st platoon, stand guard in a small village in the Kunar province.

Story and photo by Spc. Eugene H. Cushing

4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers of 1st Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, assigned to Task Force Mountain Warrior, conducted reconnaissance in the Pesh River valley July 21 to gather information for future combat operations.

1st Lt. Chris J. Capasso, platoon leader for 1st Platoon, explained his unit was conducting reconnaissance of possible enemy positions and escape routes.

Capasso said the platoon found actionable intelligence, including several enemy fighting positions and trails.

“It helps plan and shape future operations,” he said. “The mission’s purpose was to gather information on the enemy.”

Staff Sgt. Joseph S. McKinney, platoon sergeant for 1st Platoon, explained why reconnaissance missions are important to the success of future operations.

“The enemy we’re fighting is an enemy we can’t see,” he said. “These missions set up the future operations.”

Capasso praised his Soldiers for the work they did on the day’s mission and the work they continue to do in hunting down the enemies of Afghanistan.

“These guys have been working real hard,” he said. “They’ve been doing missions back-to-back with little complaint. They understand that to go after these guys, we have to get out there and patrol the mountains.”

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