By lex, on August 5th, 2011
A hobbyist provided a toy truck with a wireless video camera to Staff Sergeant Chris Fessenden, a veteran of multiple tours forward. Fessenden credits the truck with saving six American lives:
Fessenden said he had loaned the truck to a group of fellow soldiers, who used it to check the road ahead of them on a patrol. It got tangled in a trip wire connected to what Fessenden guesses could have been 500 lbs. of explosives. The bomb went off. The six soldiers controlling the truck from their Humvee were unhurt.
“Monday morning, Ernie comes running into my store and says, ‘You’re not going to believe this,’” said Guy, recounting the story in a telephone interview.
“I got an email from [Chris] that said, ‘Hey, man, I’m sorry, but the truck is gone,’” said Ernie, admitting he still found it all pretty hard to believe. “The neat thing is that the guys in the Humvee were all right.”
Sometimes its the simple solutions.
How much have we spent on the JIEDDO?
$3.5 billion. Annually.