Dec 15, 2010

West Coast tank unit to deploy to Afghanistan

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Dec 14, 2010

The Marine Corps has identified the unit that will operate the first U.S. tanks used in the 9-year-old war in Afghanistan.
Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, out of Twentynine Palms, Calif., will deploy early next year, said 1st Lt. Joseph Reney, a spokesman with Twentynine Palms’ 1st Marine Division. It will provide heavy firepower and armor and the ability to observe the enemy through advanced optics from more than a mile away.

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