"Sgt. Jan Michael Jones, who was profiled in The Capital in August as he was returning to Iraq, said his experience was "definitely more high-speed" in this last tour.
"From early September until after Christmas, it was non-stop operations; and they were all big," said Sgt. Jones, who served as a scout for special forces on night raids.
"This year we found some pretty good caches of weapons," he said, recalling one find that included rocket-propelled grenades, two machine guns and materials for making improvised explosive devices.
Another cache consisted of "a lot of stuff," including mortar rounds and 155 mm artillery shells.
"Saddam had ammo everywhere - it is not hard to find it out there," Sgt. Jones said.
Sgt. Jones, 21, went on to say he thought the United States should remain in Iraq and rebuild it as a democracy.
Various armed factions are determined to control the country, he said.
"If we were to leave now, the (place) would just destroy itself," he said.
Sgt. Jones is a member of the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif."
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