Command Sgt. Maj. Edgar Fuentes, command sergeant major of the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, talks with one of the Soldiers he coaches after a training session at the Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center at Fort Hood, Texas. “So I give them the skills of fighting and give them what I know about fighting, but they don’t have an idea of the things that this does for me,” Fuentes said. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 1st Cavalry Division/released)

After firing off a medley of artillery rounds, a 19-year-old kid from Brooklyn, N.Y., set off with his convoy traversing the very area they had just fired on.

“People don’t understand that maybe we didn’t shoot a lot of people in close combat with rifles, but to see the destruction of artillery and what it does to people and to equipment, to see people, hundreds of people dead, and driving by two or three days afterward, it’s something that sticks with you for a long time,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Edgar Fuentes, of the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment.

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