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Soldier Fires M-240 during Mounted Gunnery

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Cavalry scouts. 

Artillery discomfits the enemy.

Infantry takes the ground.

 Cavalry then runs up the score by harrying the retreating foe.

 (Supply is essential to enable this all to happen.)

Photo credit: U.S. Department of Defense

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at

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