The first split was to get a wrecker because several trucks got stuck en route to the first firing base. In this first split, 360-degree security was never established, 0-5-25-200 meter scan checks for improvised explosive devices were not conducted, and the recovery crew had never conducted rehearsals or an actual TCO with their own distribution platoon.
On one such TCO to deliver class V to C Battery, the distribution platoon arrived at the firing base to find out that the whole battery had jumped locations in the middle of the night without notifying the FSC.
With the reality of guerrilla warfare in Iraq squarely in mind, Marines from Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, broke in a new firing base
last July at Camp Pendleton, California--a range tailored to what they'll face in Iraq--in preparation for an OIF deployment last summer.
But Palestinian gunmen from outside have used the town as a firing base
, to the displeasure of many of the town's residents.
At Guldagergaard I was going to fire a soda kiln with Paul Scott (the famous print maker of Cumbria, England) and I had gone out of my way to be properly prepared: The porcelain firing bases
, which fitted the dishes perfectly for support, had been covered in felt soaked in aluminium oxide which would keep my dishes and their bases from melting together during the firing.