Great pics! What did the sunglasses wearing Kuwaiti do?
It really wasn't a big deal and it only lasted a minute or so.
In fairness I should preface my comments by saying that the term "Kuwaiti Commando" was more of a nomenclature than a capability. Most of these guys were students in the US when Iraq invaded Kuwait who volunteered to go back to liberate their country. While their hearts were in the right place, they only had a couple weeks of military training before they were sent over. They really didn't know much beyond which end of the M-16 to point at the bad guy.
We were directed to locate/mark unexploded ordnance stored/stashed around the K-MOD. Before we began I told my Kuwaitis not to touch anything and to call me if they found something. Shortly after we entered one room full of cases of grenades, mortar rounds, RPG reloads, etc., I heard a faint "tink" and one Kuwaiti called "Major Beeel, Major Beeel, I find something" (Beeel was their pronunciation of Bill).
When I looked, he was standing next to a stack or ordnance crates with his hand around a grenade and shaking visibly. He'd seen it lying on top of a case of mortar rounds and loose RPG reloads and, of course, picked it up. The pin was attached to a wire that ran behind the RPG rounds and mortar round cases and it worked as intended, pulling the pin. Luckily, when he grabbed it, he also depressed the spoon. I just took it from him without letting him drop it, got my NCOIC to clear the building of troops, and disarmed it. All in all, a pretty simple and straightforward deal.
Edited by USMCRECON, 07 May 2008 - 03:45 AM.