MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.-Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 13 have a chance to sharpen and advance their skills as they prepare to deploy with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Not knowing what is in store for them when they deploy, CLB-13 has been conducting different scenarios during their training exercise here.
Training for the service members began at Camp Wilson. Since the morning of March 18, they have completed several training missions, which include convoy operations, helicopter support and mass casualty exercises.
The training operations are to help CLB-13 be ready for any obstacles they may see as a Marine Logistics Group unit that sustains combat units with supplies on the front lines.
“[In Afghanstan] we focus on doing what we can to support the battalions out there,” said First Sgt. Dennis J. Collins, battalion sergeant major, CLB-13.
The Marines and sailors are gaining and reiterating essential information and skills to assist them in any number of the infinite situations they may face while on deployment.
“This training has covered everything we could face in Afghanistan, whether it’s improvised explosive devices, indirect fire or small arms fire,” said Cpl. Brenton F. Sangster, communications calibrator, maintenance, Combat Logistics Group 13.
The purpose of the field training operation is to give the Marines and sailors the opportunity to gain experience outside of their daily routine.
Service members were given an opportunity to throw live grenades. For some, it was the first time they have thrown explosive ordnance since Marine Combat Training.
“It’s good training, you learn something new everyday in your job and much more,” said Seaman Anthony Weber, corpsman, motor transport, health service detachment, CLB-13.
During the exercise, service membe-rs not only improved their job skills but in addition to that, they provided support in building the forward operating base. Individuals took part in maintaining the security positions around the FOB.
Marines and sailors gained crucial experience and knowledge that will further assist them, not only for the up coming deployments, but for future operations as well.
During the exercise, service members not only improved their job skills, but also provided support in building the forward operating base. Individuals also took part in maintaining the security positions around the FOB.
Marines and sailors gained crucial experience and knowledge that will further assist them, not only for the up coming deployments but for future operations as well.
“I look forward to deploying with this unit, this battalion is going to be strongly successful,” said Collins. “I’m proud to be a part of this unit.”