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Would you explain "Bravo company" and "HQ company" in details?

 

I looked at the battalion scattered throughout the plane. How many didn’t make it? Murph. Three specialists from Bravo company who’d been killed by a suicide bomber in the chow hall. A few others scattered over the year. One from HQ company killed by a mortar on the FOB. Another I didn’t know but had heard was killed by a sniper. Ten more? Twenty?

Would you explain "Bravo company" and "HQ company" in details? I have looked them up on Wikipedia, but there isn't much information.
Thank you.

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    Finally, an easy question from you, Gordon! :) A "company" is merely a unit in the military, typically consisting of around 250 soldiers. "Bravo" and "HQ" are probably just names that the soldiers in the author's tour used to refer to specific groups (companies) of soldiers.

    Nothing much to think about. They're just codenames for military units, determined by the NATO Phonetic Alphabet. There's nothing particularly special about any of those names, nor is there anything particularly special about the soldiers in them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICAO_spelling_alphabet

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_(military_unit)

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