This is a recent photo of Kevin Oratowski.
He graduated from high school in 2005.
This photo of Raiders was taken last fall, after Kevin graduated.
(Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media)
The athletic teams of Glenbard South are the Raiders.
First Division Marines of the 1st LAR Battalion are the Highlanders. They deployed to southern
The current mission of the Highlanders involves counterinsurgency operations along the Helmand River in southern Afghanistan while also conducting deep interdiction operations in the desert areas (shown in the red circle below) connecting the Helmand River Valley with the border cities of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
map from Google, modified by author
Afghan children watch Marines pass by
their home during a patrol near
Marines with 2nd Platoon, Alpha
Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, patrol through a deserted
First Lieutenant Mathew Newman,
executive officer for Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
walks by an Afghan boy during a patrol near
(3 photos taken last month are courtesy of dvidshub.net)
Dismounted patrols are what they do when they get there, but their eight-wheelers are how they get there.
The LAV-25 is the Light Armored Vehicle used by the Marines since 1983. It is the primary equipment used by the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion of the 1st Marine Division. Originally intended to be half boat, the current Service Life Extension Programs (the LAV-25A1 in the 90s and the LAV-25A2 currently) trade amphibious capability for extra armor.
Rumsfeld famously said, You go to war with
the army that you have, not the army that you want. It is all to the credit of DoD planners for
the SLEP to make that trade-off. River
crossings are not the tactical imperative in Helmand and
The LAV-25 is a magnificent machine. It is powered by a 318 cubic inch turbocharged V-6 two-stroke and carries 71 gallons of JP-8 diesel fuel giving it a range over 400 miles. It can climb a 60 percent grade and traverse a 30 percent slope. It has a 51-foot turning radius the Dodge Power Wagon has a 49-foot radius.
no armor, no guns, but four percent tighter turning radius than the LAV-25
Its primary weapon is a 25 mm chain gun supplemented with several 7.62 mm machine guns. Combat loaded, there are 210 ready rounds and 420 stowed rounds of 25 mm ammunition and 400 ready rounds and 1200 stowed rounds of 7.62mm.
25 mm and 7.62 mm
It takes a crew of thee: Commander, driver and gunner. Additionally it can carry six Recon Marines or four with full battle-rattle.
The word behind the S & CBs is
Kevin Oratowski was conducting mounted
combat operations against enemy forces in
And according to the DoD press release: Lance Cpl. Kevin E. Oratowski, 23, of
Rest in peace, Kevin.
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