The Marines of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, are always on call. At any moment coalition units in the area could call for fire support, and the artillerymen must be ready day and night.
“We get fire missions at any time,” said Cleveland native Staff Sgt. Dawud Hakim, a platoon sergeant with Charlie Battery, 1/12. “You stop everything. There is nothing more important than a fire mission. Whatever you are doing, it’s going to stop. You’re in the (bathroom), everything stops; eating chow, you just drop everything and move.”