I actually was shot in Iraq during my last deployment, right here on my side, said Spalding pointing to the left side of his torso. He said in a non-sarcastic way, Now that hurt.
After patching up several itching soldiers, Spalding coordinates night operations with a Canadian medic who accompanied him during the next mission.
The night before, Spalding requested a medevac for a soldier who broke his ankle after jumping from a Humvee while conducting a night mission.
We know what theyre going to do. We will match their every move, said Williams on the morning of Sept. 11.
Weve asked the locals if they want their village to look the way it does and they told us they want the Taliban out.
Army Staff Sgt. John Ramsey, an air defense tactical operator from Anderson, S.C., had gone out with the artillery team the previous night to support a mission.
I was with the commander shooting the .50 caliber rounds. We were only about 150 meters down from the objective, he said. I could see the guys in front of us and could see the rounds shot from their position. After all that it got quiet out there.
Ramsey, like every other team member, had been out conducting missions one right after the other. From his location, he scanned the area with his binoculars, which he uses to watch the enemy day and night.
The nightfall, this Sept. 11, signifies the beginning of another mission in Panjwayi.
It was very dusty out there, but we continued with our mission, said Ramsey. We all had night vision goggles and could maneuver the terrain, and we made it out ok in the end.
Army Sgt. Rodney Spaulding, an infantryman from Anchorage, Alaska, was assigned as Williams designated driver.
The troops cleared a significant area in Panjwayi, but there is still much more to do.
We started with small operations, said Spaulding. After that we conducted a big night operation. Whats next? We will see.
Another team player, in regarding to OP Medusa, is Army Maj. Chad Parker, an intelligence officer, from West Point, N.Y. who watched over the firing area to monitors operations and enemy activity.
I can actually monitor their weapons movement and tell them to adjust fire up to a certain degree, said Parker, who with his hand points at the targeted areas.
The night mission on Sept. 11 was once again a success, no injuries were received and the objective was reached, leading Williams to believe that TF Grizzlys movement would continue operations just as planned for the following day.