CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines with 1st Marine Logistics Group began a two-week lane training evolution that included hands-on instruction on communications systems aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 3, 2014.
The training included teaching and practical application of communication equipment to prepare for the 1st MLG’s combat operations center exercise slated to begin later that month. Marines in the communications field from Combat Logistics Regiment 17, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, Combat Logistics Regiment 1 and 7th Engineer Support Battalion came together to participate in the training.
“We have an MLG communications exercise coming up. We do lane training to prepare for the upcoming year and refresh the Marines on new equipment and other equipment the communication companies have,” said Staff Sgt. Michael J. Dilling, platoon sergeant, Communications Company, CLR-17. “It’s good training for the Marines that are just coming from communication schools and don’t receive enough training or are put in different billets later on. This training provides the opportunity for them to [learn the skills] they may have missed.”
The COCEX focuses on the passing of information between units within the MLG, making experienced and capable communication Marines vital to completing the mission Communication Marines dissolve the barriers between commanders in the rear and forward operating patrols or between a headquarters unit in one location and its subordinate units that may operate across the globe. Reliable and expedient communication may be a matter of mission success or defeat, life or death. They also provide morale boosting capabilities for Marines away from home.
“This equipment is essential to the MLG,” said Dilling, a 28-year-old native of Camp Pendleton, Calif. “Without the [MRT] equipment, we may not be able to make phone calls back to the rear for important instances or make morale calls back home.”
The skills the Marines learned from their military occupational specialty schools are perishable. Without continuous training on the variety of communication systems the Marines are required to operate, they may lack the ability to perform their task.
“Today we’re going over programing,” said Lance Cpl. Adam J. Sellar, wireman, Comm. Co., CLR-17. “This is a refresher for me. A lot of the time, we don’t get enough practice [in our MOS schools], and when we do, it can be hard to remember what we’re taught. You need to constantly [rehearse] because it’s easy to forget,” added the 20-year-old native of Hampton, N.H.
The lane training is scheduled to be completed Feb. 14. The communications Marines by then will have additional knowledge and sharpened skills to bring to the table during the COCEX and potentially operations across the globe.