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Collateral

After gaining contact with the enemy, CPT Jamey Gadoury continued to push to attack a C2 node. One of his tank sections engaged a vehicle that they had improperly identified as an insurgent vehicle. They reported that there were a couple of local civilians down in the street as a result of their gunfire. According to policies and procedures, CPT Gadoury realized that he needed to call this report up to his higher headquarters. Considering the impact of making this call and halting the mission, CPT Gadoury reconsidered. If the call was made, he felt it would have derailed the current mission and the high value target and associated items would be lost. He had a decision to make: call this report up and stop the mission or allow that report to stay at his level and the mission to continue.

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