Artillerymen returning to traditional roles

By Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Friday, August 7, 2009

VILSECK, Germany — Artillerymen who have spent years training and fighting as infantry in Iraq are returning to traditional roles as the Army shifts its focus to the Afghan fight.

In Iraq, where the enemy has engaged U.S. forces with roadside bombs and small arms in built-up areas, there has been little use for large artillery pieces that are best suited to destroy tanks and blast apart bunkers. Many of the artillerymen deployed to Iraq left their big guns at home, converted to motorized infantry, and were charged with conducting raids and patrols alongside regular troops. READ MORE

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