It's no secret that unmanned aerial vehicles play a vital role in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division uses them almost daily to watch over troops running missions and conducting patrols on the ground.
Read more about these life-saving and intelligence-gathering machines by going to the Ledger-Enquirer's military blog. A link to the site has been provided.
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Coming Sunday: An update on the 3rd HBCT's progress in Iraq. “Iraq is still a dangerous place,” said 3rd HBCT Commander Col. Peter Jones, speaking last week from Iraq. “We already lost one soldier to sniper fire. Soldiers do still encounter IEDs (improvised explosive devices). We still encounter indirect fire on our FOBs. But not to the extend that we had during OIF V or OIF III. The security environment has definitely improved, now the question is ensuring that the atmosphere — and I call it the perception of security in the eyes of the Iraqis — has improved to make them interested in going through what will really be the third election process.”