I don't think that's useless at all. Setting the scene and putting it into context is valuable.Useless piece of info for the day:
I’m in a picture in this book, although I’m kinda in the distance with my back to the camera. It’s a pic of a soldier wearing desert camo BDU’s, helmet and body armor, holding a M14 with Leupold scope in the kneeling position. He was one of the guys in my squad and went home early with a Purple Heart from a VBIED.
I’m the dude in the background with a black thigh holster.
To the best of my memory, he was just posing for a pic for the combat cameraman with us while coming in from a foot patrol, not doing anything remotely cool or interesting.