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6A SUNDAY, AUG. 26, 2012 MJlJtarv SIDNEY HERALD # Sidney Marine discusses implementing training in Afghanistan PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan - It's a moment of truth for many Marines - the first time they are in combat and their training is put to the test. When his squad took en- emy contact during a recent patrol through Trek Nawa, Pfc. Timothy Workman foundhis moment. "I could hear rounds cracking over my head," said Workman, mortar- man, Weapons Company, let Battalion, let Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6. "The adrenaline started pumping right away." This was Workman's first firefight. A year ago, he was standing on the yellow footprints at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island to start basic training, a tra- dition every Marine recruit goes through. Now, with the mid-morning sun beating down, he was crouched in a ditch, his M16 assault rifle ready. Workman and his fellow Marines fought an esti- mated six to eight enemies. The insurgents fired from several different positions, shooting through small holes in walls several hun- pounds and behind mounds of debris. Workman's squad split into two units during the firefight. Workman, from Peebles, Ohio, went with Staff Sgt. David Simons, his platoon sergeant, as they moved forward to return fire. 'kt one point, I witnessed Workman moving up into position to engage the en- 'The main thing we look for is a Marine's mindset after their first time in combat.' STAFF SGT. BRIAN 8UCKWALTE Private First Class Timothy Workman, mortarman, Weapons Company, let Battalion, 1st Marines, Regimental Combat Teem 6, stands with his M16 assault rifle outside his tent at Patrol Base Paser Lay, Afghanistan, Aug. 19. dred meters away. Marines took cover in mud corn- Staff Sgt. David Simons Sidney native ely," recalled Simons, from Sidney. "He fired on the enemy, and when the enemy returned fire, it allowed us to open up with our ma- chine gun." The morning sounds of birds and farmers were replaced with the sudden burst of rifles and the "rat- ta-tat-tat" of machinegun fire. An hour later the fight was over, and the Marines returned to their patrol base. "Since we've been out here, it's pretty common for (the other Marines) to engage in firefights," Work- man explained. "These (in- surgents) will stick around and (fight) for awhile." Workman's company pa- trols the volatile Trek Nawa area of Afghanistan. Trek Nawa is an area between the Marjah and Nawa districts COL. TIMOTHY LENZO Marines with Weapons Company, let Battalion, I st Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, patrol through Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, Aug. 16. Trek Nawa, an area between Nawa and Marjah districts, contains known insurgent sites. Weapons Co. has been involved in numerous firefights since the start of their deployment in June. of Afghanistan in Helmand province. The Marines engaged enemies in firefights rang- ing from isolated pot shots to three-day long battles. For Workman, the fighting hit home six months before he left for boot camp. In Dec. 2012, his friend's older brother, Luke, was killed while serving near this same area of Afghanistan. "I had gone to school with Luke's brother since the sixth grade," Workman said. ',t the time (of Luke's death) I had already decided to join, but this motivated me to continue the work that Luke gave his life for." In addition to Luke, Work- man said he's lost a couple other friends to the war in Afghanistan. Despite losing friends to combat, Workman remem- bered his training and focused on his job during the fight. "I was trying to get posi- tive identification on the enemy, trying to find where they were firing from, looking for spotters and just covering my brothers," Workman said. Now his first firefight is over, Workman's platoon will monitor his behavior. "The main thing we look for is a Marine's mindset after their first time in com- bat," Simons said. "We are a family, so we can tell when one of our brothers is acting differently. We watch for it and take care of each other." Simons said Workman seemed mentally strong before and after the fire- fight. He is proud of Work- man and the discipline he showed on the battlefield. The Marines have more operations planned through Trek Nawa and expect more firefights, before they return to the States. "I can say there's nothing else like the Marine Corps," Workman said. "I'll con- tinue picking my sergeants' and seniors' brains, trying to be better prepared for the next fight." ..... We make insurance simple. www.mwfbi.com Care Nelson 302 W Main Street Sidney, MT 406-433-4416 www.agentcaranelson.com FARM BUREAU FINANCIAL SERVICES Insurance . 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