The windows fogged up, rain fell down, and their bodies fought to stay warm, but the Marines pushed through these conditions and watched the road ahead – prepared for any situation.
Approximately 50 Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group conducted deployment situations during a field exercise from Dec. 11 to 13.
“You can learn all of this in the classroom and teach them all you want, but the Marines don’t get the same experience as they do in the field,” said 2nd Lt. Adam C. Miller, a platoon commander with Transportation Support Company.
During the three-day field exercise, the servicemembers executed convoys with Logistics Vehicle System Replacements and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles to experience transporting equipment and supplies as well as vehicle recovery.
“It is important to get them through the basic steps and learn the proper procedures,” said Capt. Kyle L. Schull, the commander of TS Co.
During the convoys, the Marines were challenged to respond to situations such as a disabled vehicle, improvised explosive devices and small-arms fire. After a simulated event, the servicemembers reviewed a video recording of how they reacted to see how they can improve.
“A lot of the Marines are new and have never been in the field before,” said Schull. “It’s great to get them out in the field and get used to convoys.”
Troops with the battalion, mostly noncommissioned officers, participated as role players, which meant they dressed up, ambushed the convoys and set off IEDs to give the Marines a realistic feeling of being attacked.
“It felt pretty intense and the explosion made me jump,” said Lance Cpl. Trevor P. Reilly, a radio operator with the battalion. “When the explosion happened all of the sudden, the pressure hit me from the simulation.”
In addition to field training, servicemembers learned about vehicle check points, loading and unloading trailers, maneuvering trailers and crew-served weapon assembly and disassembly – all things they will do during their upcoming deployment.
“I think the reality of what they are going to do is sinking in,” said Schull. “I’ve been pleased with the Marines and with the weather not being ideal, they have been engaged the entire time.”
Step by step, the Marines are dedicating their efforts to deployment readiness, and this field exercise is just one small step toward mission success.
Article by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols, 2nd Marine Logistics Group