posted on Dec, 31 2003 @ 12:37 AM
-- Fearing roadside bombs and sniper bullets, members of the U.S. Army Reserve's 428th Transportation Company turned to a local steel fabricator to
fashion extra armor for their five-ton trucks and Humvees before beginning their journey to Iraq earlier this month.
But their armor might not make it into the war, because the soldiers did not obtain Pentagon approval for their homemade protection.
The 72 vehicles operated by the 428th are not designed for battle. They have thin metal floorboards and, in some cases, a canvas covering for doors.
Iraqi guerrilla groups have been targeting all types of military vehicles with homemade bombs and small-caliber weapons.
Kirkweg said the Missouri soldiers did not have time to wait weeks, months or years for the Army to test and approve a steel-plating project that he
could complete in three days.
"We thought, this is a very important project here -- we're talking about the possibility of saving people's lives," he said. "So without
hesitation we went ahead and proceeded with the thing."
great..im not suprised..while i can understand why the government might have reasons not to allow this ..to me..they should have already provided
these types of armor plating for vehicles that are bound to be in a combat situation...the government has 80 billion $'s for cell phone towers and
satilite dishes "for the iraqi people"[isnt there anything more important then cell phones??] i think they could find the "change" to provide a
little saftey for the troops...