Posted on Aug 6, 2020
SFC Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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Do any 2311's or 89B's ever feel undervalued or unappreciated?

No one appreciates the ammo guys with all of our annoying "rules" and "precautions"...

If any 2311's or 89B's ever feel unappreciated, remember, without you, Beiruts happen....
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SSG Paul Propst
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I will tell you that without rules this can happen:
When I was deployed for OEF IV there was an old Russian weapons cash found. As the Ammo Team was separating the cash (in the AHA) an SP guard was getting a picture taken with a RPG and it went off killing four handlers and two guards.
Just tell them that story!
The army is replacing nearly all 89B’s with civilians and that makes us look less important; but when the bullets fly, where are they?
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Cpl Bernard Bates
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I was a 2311 both in the marine Corp and then the Army. In the Marine Corp we would supervise loading the Ammo aboard ship for the floating Battalions. Every 6 months the Marine combat units would rotate and we would Supervise loading the ship with Ammo. I was a L/Cpl. .We wore Armbands that said Ammo Tech. and we were responsible to the ships Captain to see that the Ammo was stored correctly The Units provided the working party to load the Ammo. Rank didn't mean anything then. Even if the working party had a2nd. Lt. in charge he did what we told them on how to load the ammo. Safely. In the Army in Vietnam the infantry loved the 2311,s because they came to us to load up on ammo and sometimes it was an emergency. The Ammo dump was like a Magnet to the VC. They liked to blow them up or sneak around at night to see if they find the weak points .We had our ammo Dump blown up at Quihnon. and more than once at night tracer were flying overhead and flares were lighting the sky. I always thought Ammo. Techs were appreciated. You can always fight without food or water but you must have Ammo.
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