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Friday, July 04, 2008

4th of July If You're Away From Home

So, the isn't the highest quality video out there. But hey, these guys are a little busy.
The paratroopers of C Co 2-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment (82nd Airborne) celebrate the 4th of July at Patrol Base Olson in Samarra, Iraq -- halfway around the world from their home country.

This video was taken by a regular digital still camera, so the sound of the guitar bleeds in and out as the "fireworks" go off. Specialist Alexi Scalco, radio operator for Charlie Company commanding officer CPT Buddy Ferris, is playing the guitar (which is plugged in to a radio amplifier and the Patrol Base loudspeaker system), and his fellow paratroopers are providing the sound and light show with a little help from a Special Forces team in the area.
 (h/t to Jeff Emanuel- that's his description of the video)

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