In this edition of “In the Trenches,” Staff Sgt. Biggs credits his team for discovering the location of a covert IED manufacturing facility which held a wider potential to cause harm to the U.S.
As Biggs explains, his commanding unit sent his team to investigate a reported IED-making facility.
Upon visual inspection, Biggs’ unit witnessed nothing out of the ordinary; however, when they scanned the walls of the compound using a metal detector, they couldn’t believe what they found.
“So I run back out to the MRAP and I go grab the metal detector and come back in and I just start scanning the walls, and we immediately start getting hits,” says Biggs.
His team proceeded to knock out a wall and were astounded to find not just homemade explosives and bomb making materials, but passports, money, grenades, weapons and American phone books with names of prominent politicians circled.
“[I]t wasn’t just an IED making facility, these guys were planning on doing something over here in America,” adds Biggs.
“The scariest thing for me was seeing those glass marbles,” Biggs admits, “because what happens when something like that blows up, and you go in and get x-rayed, you can’t pick up glass shards. So when that hits you, those fragments go into your body, those marbles, and you’re just bleeding to death.”
According to Biggs, all signs indicated the materials would be used in a future attack on U.S. soil. “They had intent, they had the money, they had the backing, they had the explosives to pull it off.”
Biggs’ experience led him to realize that blowback from overseas terror groups can pose a real threat to the U.S.
“..[F]or all these people that think that a lot of this stuff is made up, it’s real, the threat is out there, there’s people out there who hate us, who want us killed.”
Biggs says he still looks back on that day and feels his team may have saved American lives.
“I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes just sitting there thinking, ‘Oh my God. If we wouldn’t have stopped that from happening, that could’ve been another big incident here on our home turf.’”