DVIDS - News - Taking aim: 2nd Marine Division prepares for deployment



Smoke filled the air as Marines with 2nd Marine Division opened fire during a range training exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 23-28, 2018. Marines assigned to the Maritime Raid Force took part in a close quarters tactics enablers course with Expeditionary Operations Training Group to prepare the Marines for their upcoming deployment with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. This training is to ensure the Marines can accurately provide effective and efficient support for the reconnaissance battalion they will be attached to for the duration of the MEU.For us as the security element platoon our main purpose is to integrate in with blocking positions for the Recon Marines going in, said 2nd Lt. Austin Ahmed, the platoon commander with the Maritime Raid Force security element. We are doing a crawl, walk, run training method. Were focusing on exterior movement now and throughout the course we will learn how to set-up blocking positions and how to most effectively support the actual assault element of the Maritime Raid Force.The Marines will learn advanced close quarters tactics along with adjusting how they wear their gear to compensate for the small compartments of the ship.This training will help us prepare for the maritime raid force platoon, said Corporal Aaron Vangaulder, a squad leader with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. It will get us i....

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