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Marine’s awareness under fire prevents further attacks on 3/5

3 Nov 2004 | Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

There’s no such thing as “easy” duty in Iraq.Lance Cpl. Jason Calvert, a truck driver with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, realized that when his observation and listening post near Fallujah came under a rocket attack Oct. 30. During the attack, Calvert, who was attached to Company K at the time as a driver, noticed a blue truck that pulled over to the side of the highway near his listening and observation post.“I was wondering why they were stopping on our post while we were getting hit,” said Calvert, a 26-year-old native of Lemoore, Calif.The suspicious vehicle slowly moved forward, stopped and moved again. Calvert reported the suspicious activity to his higher chain of command. A quick response force was dispatched in an unusual way.The responding Marines approached the vehicle on foot forcing the vehicle to stay put, so they could approach and search it. The Marines discovered a rocket launcher and mortar tube in the back of the truck. After questioning the occupants of the vehicle, it was determined that the two men in the truck were directly involved in the attack on the Marines of Company K.“If the truck went unnoticed, they would’ve fired again, and instead of firing short, they would’ve fired on target and Marines would’ve died,” said 2nd Lt. Todd. E. Moulder, a platoon commander with Company K.Marines manning observation and listening posts near Iraqi highways are crucial to the security and stability operations in Iraq. Multinational forces transport gear and personnel through the Iraqi highways, making the roads high-risk targets.“Calvert really showed diligence while taking fire, spotting the enemy and reporting it to higher chain of command,” said Moulder, 30, a native of Coatesville, Penn. “He was the eyes and ears of the supply route.”