News Article about A troop 1-33rd Cavalry
|Rakkasans recover 800 gallons
of nitric acid
By Multi-National Division - Center PAO
Nov 6, 2007 - 3:28:23 PM
Blackanthem Military News
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - An overnight operation in southwest Baghdad Oct.
30 resulted in the recovery of 800 gallons of nitric acid.
Rakkasans from 1st Platoon, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry
Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air
Assault), discovered the cache.
"(It) was a great find," said 1st Lt. Chris Sylvain, platoon leader
for the 1st Plt. "Not only does it reduce the supplies available to
the enemy to make homemade explosives, but it makes the area safer for
The cache found would likely have been used to create homemade
explosives, a primary element in making improvised explosive devices,
said Maj. Jonathan Otto, 3rd BCT, a 101st Airborne Division. (Air
Assault) staff officer.
The materials presented a real threat to local Iraqis and their
livestock, Otto explained, because the nitric acid was poorly stored
The1-33rd Cav. Regt. Soldiers removed the leaking barrels and cleaned
up the site.
"I believe the local people are happy that this stuff is out of the
hands of the enemy," said Sgt. 1st Class Chris Valverde, 1st Plt.
platoon sergeant. "It's not just Soldiers dying over here, there are
many innocent civilians who are dying as well."
Eight hundred gallons of nitric acid were discovered in southwest
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