A Marine with 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, fire a 155mm M777A2 Lightweight Towed Howitzer in the Lead Mountain Training Area aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, May 3, 2016. (Photo by Levi Schultz/U.S. Marine Corps)
DoD Buzz: Marine Artillery Unit Fired 2,000 Rounds at ISIS in Iraq
The first Marine artillery unit on the ground in Iraq fighting Islamic State militants made its mark in the fight, the commander who sent in the Marines said this week.
The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed last October in what was supposed to be a seven-month deployment in waters around Europe and the Middle East. But nearly 200 Marines would end up on the front lines of the fight against ISIS.
The world learned the Marine artillery detachment had entered Iraq with news of tragedy: Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin, 27, was killed in a rocket attack at Fire Base Bell, a new outpost in Northern Iraq created shortly before the Marines occupied it.
Cardin was the second U.S. service member to be killed in the fight against ISIS, and the first Marine.
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WNU editor: This blog covered this story 3 months ago .... U.S. Fire-Bases In Iraq Are Busy Everyday Against The Islamic State (April 8, 2016).