“This is actually the first fixed site with an AIS that we have where we can actually jump the mobile team right into the inspection process,” said Bruce Cardell, the NDTE team lead and a native of Lakewood, N.J. “The intent is to take a mobile team, drop them into a fixed site, process all of the plates they have, and place the plates back on the same cycle and same inspection window while at the same time taking the bad plates out of service.”
Category: Body Armor
The incident taught Noremberg a valuable lesson as well, a lesson he intends to pass on to other Marines.
“We joke now about when I’m on a range (at Camp Pendleton) and I see a (new Marine) not wearing side SAPIs that I’ll (yell at them),” Noremberg said. “Realistically though, the side SAPI probably saved my life.”
A 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Soldier, whose life was saved by his Advanced Combat Helmet, received a Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge here March 20.
Staff Sgt. Matthew Harvey, construction supervisor with Company E, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, and attached to Special Troops Battalion, received the awards after being shot and continuing to return fire during an enemy attack in Najaf, Feb. 10.
“I have never seen it fail,” he added. “And there are no reports that I’ve seen or that I’m aware of that are out there of any body armor failing to stop the round it was designed to stop.”