MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Marines with Amphibious Assault Vehicle
Platoon, Company B, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, conducted a
live-fire exercise at Range SR-10 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North
Carolina, Jan. 20, 2015.
platoon focused on firing tables three and five of the AAV gunnery manual, with
a particular emphasis on their competency with quickly reloading and firing their
Mark 19 40 mm grenade and .50 caliber machine guns while moving.
“The biggest thing we want to prepare them for
in regards to the evaluation is being able to conduct those reloads and quickly
put rounds downrange,” said 1st Lt. Robert S. Dyer, AAV platoon commander, Co.
B, GCEITF. “We have spent the last two weeks in the classroom preparing for
this by starting with the basics, and in the turret trainer to prepare the
Marines for the live-fire portion.”
lanes of AAVs engaged targets between approximately 700 and 1,500 meters away.
In table three, crews are required to expend 96 Mark 19 40 mm grenade machine
gun rounds; and in in table five, 48 Mark 19 rounds and 450 .50 caliber rounds.
Crews worked in teams of three, with the driver, turret gunner and assistant
gunner each having a hand in completing the tables.
exercise left crews eager for their upcoming assessment at Marine Corps Air
Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California.
“Shooting has been a
blast,” said Sgt. Zarina I. Flemming, crew chief, AAV Plt., Co. B,
is the stuff you join the Marine Corps to do. It’s been humbling to be in this (military
occupational specialty), and the learning that comes with it. I am excited for
our assessment, and I feel this training has been preparing us for (it).”
made note of the progress that the platoon has made since their inception.
Marines have been doing an outstanding job,” Dyer said. “The ability for the
vehicles to stand up is just a result of the hard work that the crews have been
putting in. It’s a great reflection of them and how they have been progressing
with this assessment.”
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.