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TF DIABLO (508 STB &amp;amp; 4BSTB)
4TH BSTB / GARDEZ
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201527Z TF DIABLO Escaltion of force: Warning Shots Fired(mod)
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3RD SQD of 508th STB MP PLT (HHC 4th BSTB) conducted a counter-mortar reconnaissance patrol vic North Puli-Alam, with one squad (10 PAX) of Puli-Alam ANP. Prior to SP, EOF and ROE levels were discussed. In addition to the counter Mortar the patrol was to conduct dismounted patrols through the Puli-Alam bazaar IOT verbally engage the night security guards. This task was important because the night security guards in the past have proven to be a wealth of information on possible ACM activity at night. The squad had one dazzler laser pointer that was maintained by the SQD LDR. 3rd SQD was to execute a short halt in an attempt to find a security guard to engage in the Puli-alam bazaar. The B TM LDR (SGT Hart) was the TC for the last vehicle in the patrol. B TM DVR (SPC Conrad), B TM GNR (PV2 Hedgcoth), and PFC Byrnes was the B TM AG. Once the patrol completed the counter mortar patrol they dismounted in the town of Puli-Alam. The vehicles lights were left on for visibility. There was light on the area from the local shops. There was a local security guard 50 Meters to the rear of the patrol. SGT Hart and PFC Byrnes were dismounted ten feet from the rear of their vehicle. The HMMWV was approximately 100 meters from a fork in RTE UTAH. At the stop, trigger points were identified by the TCs to the GNRs. SGT Hart identified the first trigger point as a steel fence pole near the security guard (approximately 50 meters away). SGT Hart then identified a second trigger point as a steel barrel approximately 30-35 meters away from the HMMWV. The patrol was dismounted no more than five minutes, when they heard tires squealing and observed a white Toyota corolla turn and head towards the patrol at approximately 45 mph. The vehicle was operated by a single occupant and continued towards the patrol at a high rate of speed. All members of B TM and the security guard yelled for the vehicle to stop. Then all members of the team and the security guard used flashlights (Surefire and a yellow hurricane flashlight) in the attempt to get the vehicle to stop. The vehicle continued at a high rate of speed to the first trigger point approx 50 Meters from the rear of the vehicle and did not make any attempt to stop. At that time with the threat level increased both SGT Hart and PFC Byrnes aimed their weapons towards the oncoming vehicle. The Toyota approached the second trigger point continuing at a high rate of speed. SGT Hart then fired a single tracer round from his M4 into a nearby ditch. At the sight of the muzzle flash and the tracer, the driver slammed on his brakes bringing the vehicle to a quick stop. SGT Hart then shouted a quick SITREP to the rest of the squad in the attempt to inform SSG Orozco on the situation. SGT Hart then approached the white Toyota. While on approach the driver put his vehicle in reverse and backed up approx 80meters away. The driver then attempted to turn around drive away from the location. SSG Orozco and SGT Hart stopped the vehicle by waving their flashlights. The driver finally stopped and SGT Hart and SSG Orozco approached with vehicle. The interpreter informed the driver to turn off the vehicle and exit. Once the driver exited the ANP squad conducted a thorough search of the vehicle and the driver. SSG Orozco and SFC Boersma then questioned the driver. The driver acted strangely and seemed almost happy about the situation. The driver stated he made a mistake and just wanted to leave. The driver was released and the squad immediately RTB. All members of the 508th STP MP PLT attended the Revised Escalation of Force training on 13MAR07; a follow-up will be conducted with the ANP Chief (BG Mustafa) and the Provincial Governor (Gov Hashimi). Serious Incident report will be completed IAW FRAGO 03-012. Escalation of force kits have been ordered. The Company has also requested, through Battalion, that the TCP warning signs be printed in order to harden and put on tripods for better visibility and, to help identify trigger points. HHC 4th BSTB has ordered patrol signs that indicate a patrol follows and for LNs to drive at a safe distance, but have not been delivered at this time. For future operations, concertina wire will be laid as a added buffer in order to warn to the LNs that they should slow down. In this scenario concertina wire would have had minimal effect due to the lack of time able to employ the obstacle.