MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Marines with Engineer Platoon, Headquarters and
Service Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, conducted hasty
breaching training at Engineer Training Area 2 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp
Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 15-16, 2015.
their upcoming assessment of their
ability to perform tasks out of the individual Military Occupational Specialty
Training and Readiness manuals right around the corner, the platoon wasted no
time getting to work.
first day we focused on the individual actions of a combat engineer,” said 1st
Lt. Stephanie Damren, platoon commander, Engineer Platoon, H&S Co., GCEITF.
“That included knot tying, demolitions preparation and time-fuse cutting. Those
fundamentals were put in place when we conducted hasty breaching.”
platoon conducted a patrol to a berm, carrying their M1A2 Bangalores, or
explosive charges within interconnected tubes, the entire way. Upon arrival to
their objective, they were faced with a unique challenge that will be a
specific part of their evaluation at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
Twentynine Palms, California.
platoon was required to overcome an 8-foot tall steel storage container while
carrying their Bangalores, and then advance to concertina wire obstacles to
theory, that would have opened up the lane for the infantry or any follow-on
forces to move through,” Damren said.
Marine assisted in transporting each other and the Bangalores over the storage container,
and after reaching their targets, set across three lanes for the three squads,
provided security for those setting the charges under the concealment of smoke.
Squads made their way back to the safety of their starting position and
detonated their charges. Finally, the Marines proofed and marked the lanes to
assess the effectiveness of their work.
exercise] was fantastic,” said Cpl. Jade Nichols, fire team leader, Engineer
Platoon, H&S Company, GCEITF. “This was our first opportunity to utilize
the ISO container, which is a big part of what we will do in Twentynine Palms.
It's not as difficult as we thought it was going to be. We used a lot of
teamwork to get through it.”
platoon feels progress has been made with this exercise, which will better
prepare them for their challenges in Twentynine Palms.
Marines put out, were aggressive and all of their fundamental skills were on
point,” Damren said. “We are looking forward to our next training exercise. The
Marines are going to keep progressing and will kill it in Twentynine Palms.”
October 2014 to July 2015, the GCEITF will conduct individual and collective
level skills training in designated ground combat arms occupational specialties
in order to facilitate the standards based assessment of the physical
performance of Marines in a simulated operating environment performing specific
ground combat arms tasks.