The Gulf: In The Heat of the Desert

The young sergeant is lying prone in the sand, the butt of his M-16 rifle tucked against his shoulder. It is late afternoon in the Saudi Arabian desert. The sergeant's squad is manning a defensive line while several officers scout the top of a nearby hill. The officers are deciding where to position antitank weapons that could turn the road below into a shooting gallery if an Iraqi armored column moves along it.

The 250 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne's Second Infantry Brigade are in their third day of training in the desert heat. Before their arrival they had been warned...

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