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How to trade a desk for a machine gun

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar Province, Afghanistan – His position was under heavy enemy fire when a round hit U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan B. Burson in the chest.

“It was almost surreal,” the 28-year-old gunner said. “I could feel the fragments of the bullet hit my face.”

Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, was holding an overwatch position in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province as part of Operation Strong Eagle June 27th when the firefight started.

Burson was on the M240B machine gun. The other heavy weapon, an automatic grenade launcher, had stopped working, causing him to draw even more fire. One of many rocket-propelled grenades being fired at the unit exploded 20 feet in front of his position before he was shot.

U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan B. Burson of Katy, Texas, a 28-year-old gunner with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, cleans his sidearm in his living quarters at Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Aug. 14th. Burson gave up his civilian career to join the infantry last year. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan B. Burson of Katy, Texas, a 28-year-old gunner with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, cleans his sidearm in his living quarters at Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Aug. 14th. Burson gave up his civilian career to join the infantry last year. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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