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TF CATAMOUNT (2-87)
2-87 IR /ORGUN-E
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140200Z TF Catamount Conducts OP&apos;&apos;s and BDA Assessment
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Size and Composition of Patrol: D26 - 6 HMMVVs (consisted of three victors from 2nd and three from 3rd Plt), 29xUS, 1x CAT I Terp, 45 ANA and 2 ETTs A.Type of patrol: Mounted, Dismounted B.Task and Purpose of Patrol: 2/D/2-87 IN conduct a patrol ivo WB 315 070 Gangikheyl to establish an OP on 12 MAY 2007, IOT disrupt enemy operations in AO. 2/D/2/B/2/C/2-87 IN conduct a patrol ivo WB 360 030 BDA site on 13 MAY 2007, IOT conduct a search of 105s BDA site. C.Time of Return: 140200zMAY07 D.Routes used and Approximate times from point A to B: From Grid/FOB To Grid/FOB Route Travel 251 113 (FOB BERMEL) WB 2341 1182 (Bermel Bazaar) N/A 20 km/h WB 2341 1182 (Bermel Bazaar) WB 3158 0710 (Mounted OP) WB 3180 0721 (Dismounted OP) Wadis 20 km/h WB 3158 0710 (Mounted OP) WB 3180 0721 (Dismounted OP) WB 3158 0710 (Mounted OP) WB 3180 0721 (Dismounted OP) Wadi heading Southeast into RT Spirit 20 km/h WB 360 030 (BDA site) WB 3158 0710 (Mounted OP) WB 3180 0721 (Dismounted OP) RT Spirit 20 km/h WB 3158 0710 (Mounted OP) WB 3180 0721 (Dismounted OP) 251 113 (FOB BERMEL) N/A 20 km/h Disposition of routes used: All roads leading into Gangikheyl hill, wadi heading southeast into RT Spirit, and cave site routes were favorable for both military and civilian vehicles. We did not see any civilian vehicles around the routes we took. Based on two fresh hilux truck tracks it seems enemy might have used the wadi heading southeast into RT Spirit leading to the cave site to exfil TIC. E.Enemy encountered: It is hard to say an approximate number but since they hit us from three different areas and the volume of fire received we must have encountered at least 12-20 enemy personnel, armed with RPGs, AK-47s, and PKMs. Enemy was positioned in three separate locations firing at dismounted soldiers and ANA from about 300-500 meters away. Even though we had scanned the area and conducted observed terrain denial the enemy had good cover and was well concealed that we did not spot them until taking fire. F.Actions on Contact: As soon as we arrived ivo WB 3158 0710 we started to establish security and getting soldiers ready to climb up Gangikheyl hill. The enemy waited a few minutes in order to initiate contact when soldiers were out of vehicles in the open and while we were still trying to assist ANA in establishing security. Shortly thereafter as D26 was instructing ANA commander on security tasks we took a volley of RPG fire, hail of PK fire, and AKA-47 fire. D26 used the terp to direct ANA to push forward into the wood line to cover our southeast. D26 also instructed them not to run forward since we were going to call in artillery and use our mortars. D26 platoon and ANA returned fire immediately gaining fire superrioty. Even though, we were shooting with heavy weapons, 60mm mortar rounds, and small weapons and ANA was firing RPGs, PKM, and AKs the enemy was still returning fire. Most of the fire again was concentrated at the dismounts and not the vehicles. You could see bullets hitting near soldiers feet or by trees where they took cover. Once artillery started hitting close to their positions they broke contact and the FOB still continued to pound the exfil routes with artillery. BH26 and C26 was diverted to our location to resupply us and assist us in clearing the area around the ambush site and clearing a compound where ANA saw enemy forces head into. We also had CCA diverted to where our location was in order to conduct a search of the area and provide support for a dismounted movement. The CCA did not observe any enemy activity. Dismounts cleared the compound ivo WB 320 068 where suspected enemy entered and the surrounding hills. Inside the compound we found several RPG spoons and a RPG/Booster carrying back pack. BH26 and C26 return to base and D26 and ANA set up over night dismounted OP on top of Gangikheyl hill. H.Enemy BDA: IVO WB 320 068 compound, dismounts found several RPG spoons and a RPG/Booster carrying back-pack. I.BOS systems employed: 105mm, 60mm, direct fire MK 19, M2, 240B, 249, M4, PKM, RPG, and AK J.Final Disposition of friendly/enemy forces: D26/ANA set up mounted OP ivo WB 318 072 and mounted OP ivo WB 315 071, enemy dispersed and repositioned to the southeast, possibly near cave site to prepare for further attacks. R.Conclusion and Recommendation (Patrol Leader): (Include to what extent the mission was accomplished and recommendations as to patrol equipment and tactics.) We headed east toward Gangikheyl hill to set up OP when we came under contact by enemy forces. The next morning ANA forces RTB and D26 was tasked to move east toward Pakistan border ivo WB 360 030 to clear BDA site of the nights prior 105mm enemy engagement. Upon arrival we established the perimeter security and conducted a thorough search of area. While conducting search we noticed five lean-tos which could accommodate around 30 individuals (WB 3596 0280 and WB 3693 0298). Inside we found pots, pans, clothes, and some tapes. In order for enemy not to continue using the lean-tos they were destroyed. There was no signs of enemy casualties or field gear from the 105s. D26/BH26/C26 conducted movement back ivo 315 070 so D26 could establish OP on Gangikheyl hill. BH26 and C26 RTB to prepare for RIP. Nothing significant to report in the next 24 hours. D26 RTB on 14 May 2007 to prepare for RIP.