I am a former squad leader and NCO in the US Army Infantry, and my first combat mission was to Baghdad, 2006 – 2007. One night, Camp Victory came under mortar and rocket fire, and a colonel was killed. My squad was tasked with going out and getting the man or men responsible.
Soon after getting the okay, we left the wire in four trucks. Just a few seconds after we left the base, we came under heavy machinegun and AK fire from rooftop snipers. My gunner suppressed the fire, and I gave the order for my squad to dismount while the other squad provided security for us. After stacking up on the building we entered. My alpha team and I started up the stairs, while my bravo team cleared the first floor. I remember taking a few steps up and then a hail of gunfire raining down on us. I raised my M4, equipped with a SureFire M900A WeaponLight, and returned fire.
The insurgent ran toward the roof and we followed. My SAW gunner and I went toward the roof while the others cleared the second floor. We kicked the door open, and there were two men standing there—one with an AK-47, the other holding an RPK machinegun. I trained my M4 on them and blinded them with my M900A WeaponLight so they couldn’t get a good look at us. I shot the machine-gunner, and the other insurgent dropped his AK and was taken into custody.
I’m convinced that blinding SureFire M900A WeaponLight saved my life and possibly the lives of some of my men that night. Thanks, SureFire, for making such great products—especially for our military men and women. HOOAH!