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Point man steers team clear of danger

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneKunar Province, Afghanistan – “I can say that I’ve led this platoon into more ambushes than any other point man here on this deployment,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Nathaniel S. Gray with a toothy grin and slow, southern accent.

“I was point man for the first six, seven months here,” he continued. “I walked us into a lot. I can smell it, but I don’t know where it’s at. I know it’s going to happen. Every time we were walking I was looking for my next covered and concealed position. Ya know, I’d look at this rock, then that rock. Oh, there’s another rock, that’s where I’m going. I just never knew when it was going to happen.”

U.S. Army Sgt. Nathaniel S. Gray, an infantry squad leader from Tupelo, MS, assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, scans the mountainside during a recent combat operation in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province March 16th. Gray is on his third combat tour. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. Nathaniel S. Gray, an infantry squad leader from Tupelo, MS, assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, scans the mountainside during a recent combat operation in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province March 16th. Gray is on his third combat tour. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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