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Jenkkisotilas sai henkensä pelastaneen luotiliivin takaisin

Viestiketju osiossa 'Menneet sodat ja sotahistoria' , aloittaja John Hilly, 25.02.2017.

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    Jenkkisotilas sai henkensä pelastaneen luotiliivin takaisin

    A decade after being shot, Soldier gets lifesaving armor back

    By Sean Kimmons

    FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (Army News Service) -- As the Army sergeant led a
    night mission into a hostile Iraq compound in March 2007, a barrage of
    bullets rang out and hit the Soldier's body armor and weapon, causing him to
    fall down.

    About 10 feet away, an insurgent hidden in a room continued to shoot his
    AK-47 rifle, sending lethal rounds over the sergeant's head. A bit
    disoriented after also having his night vision goggles fall off, the
    sergeant picked up his damaged M4 carbine and killed the shooter.

    "It knocked me completely on the ground like a sledgehammer hit me in the
    chest," the Soldier said about being shot in his protective plate.

    Only suffering a bruised chest and some shrapnel in his neck, he said the
    small arms protective insert (SAPI) saved his life after it stopped two 7.62
    mm rounds and thrusted him to the ground, helping him to avoid being shot

    Almost a decade later, the Soldier was given back the plate on a plaque
    Friday after it was analyzed by Program Executive Office Soldier, which
    works to improve equipment and capabilities for Soldiers.

    "It was a crazy couple of minutes," he said of the mission in Iraq, which
    also earned him a Silver Star medal. "When the medics got down [to me], they
    basically told me, 'You're one lucky [guy].'"

    The Soldier's name, unit and location of the ceremony are being withheld due
    to security concerns at the request of U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

    The NCO had originally kept the plate until recently when Col. Dean Hoffman,
    project manager of Soldier protection and individual equipment for PEO
    Soldier, first heard of the damaged plate and requested to have it looked at
    by his team.

    "The fact that this was the original SAPI and it stopped [AK-47 rounds] just
    shows you the kind of equipment we have out there, especially at that close
    of range," Hoffman said.

    The Army has since rolled out two other types of plates, and this year
    expects a full production of the new Soldier Protection System's vital torso
    protection plates, which are lighter than the predecessors, according to the

    "We're making sure that we still stop existing threats but also do it with a
    much lighter plate," he said.

    With each weighing about 2 to 5 pounds, the vital torso protection plates
    are up to 14 percent lighter than the current plates, according to PEO

    Lighter plates are important, he said, since personal protective equipment
    tends to be the heaviest burden for a Soldier to carry into combat.

    "It says a lot about industry and the engineers and testers doing all they
    can to not only make sure that Soldiers have the best equipment when they go
    into harm's way, but are able to be faster &hellip; to execute their mission
    as quickly as possible," he said.

    Even being shot twice in the first version of the SAPI, the NCO said his
    plate still held up and he continued that day's mission of clearing
    structures within the enemy stronghold.

    Soon after his close call, one of his best friends in his unit was shot in
    the buttocks and head. If his friend wasn't wearing his Kevlar helmet, the
    NCO said, the bullet would have likely killed him. Instead, the helmet
    deflected the path of the bullet and he survived.

    "The equipment that they're putting on Soldiers isn't just a bunch of
    fluff," he said. "The stuff actually works."

    Despite the timing, Hoffman and his staff still wanted to present the plaque
    to the NCO during a low-key ceremony. Most people, the colonel said, would
    be deterred to stay in the Army after almost being killed -- but this
    Soldier is different.

    "He didn't want any formal ceremony," Hoffman said. "He's truly a quiet
    professional, so it's an honor for us to be able to recognize him and
    provide him back a token that he can appreciate."

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