CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines with Maintenance Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, conducted a vehicle-recovery exercise during annual sustainment training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 20, 2013.
During the exercise, a Logistics Vehicle System Replacement was used to recover a downed Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle.
“The sustainment training simulates a vehicle disabled by an improvised explosive devise, driver error or mechanical failure,” said Sgt. Stuart Bowler, a wrecker operator with Maintenance Co., 1st Maintenance Bn., CLR-15, 1st MLG. “This type of practice gives (the Marines) more advanced training for when they are in and out of theater.”
While conducting field training, the operators also learned about the importance of safety when towing vehicles
“Safety during the field training exercise is paramount for Marines learning to tow a downed or damaged vehicle,” said Cpl. Daniel Pacchioli, a wrecker operator with Maintenance Co., CLR-15, 1st MLG. “There are only two operators per truck and two total trucks on a site, utilizing each operator to his fullest potential.”
Maintenance Co. Marines conduct sustainment training exercises three to five days each month. When the Marines are not conducting training in the field, operators practice standard lift-tow procedures day in and day out.
“Our main focus is getting downed vehicles back on the road in working order as fast and as safe as possible to maintain combat readiness at all times,” said Pacchioli.
The practice and advanced training keeps operators up to date on their equipment and readiness procedures. With enhanced, on-the-job training at their fingertips, new operators are able to familiarize themselves with the equipment and safety procedures during operations.
“This type of training and new equipment will be a significantly helpful improvement in Afghanistan on future deployments,” said Bowler.