The Times West Virginian

Prep Sports

July 26, 2013

Bees’ Mills set for senior season

Ready to defend soccer goal, country

FAIRMONT — Jason Mills burst into the building brandishing his weapon.

As he searched the rooms, three others followed closely behind. Just a few days earlier, the team had searched for IEDs during an urban patrol. Another day, they went through a barn, booby-trapped with infrared lazers and trip wires.

Mills gripped his black weapon more tightly as he walked. At 7.5 pound and 33 inches it was the precise weight and length of the the Colt M4 — a semi-automatic military riffle with enough power and accuracy to hit a target 600 meters away, just one reason it’s the United States armed forces’ weapon of choice.

Should Mills find a hostile person in that building, he would be all set to turn, cock his weapon, point it at them and well... that’s about it.

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