Company G improves tactics, techniques at KMEP 14-2
WARRIOR BASE, South Korea - Battlefield commands shouted across the field while rounds fly overhead are familiar to infantry Marines as they work to improve their skills on the ground while in the thick of the fight.
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, sharpened its communication and tactics, techniques and procedures Feb. 11 at the New Mexico Live-fire Complex aboard Warrior Base, Republic of Korea, in preparation for its bilateral training with Republic of Korea Marines in the upcoming Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-2.
KMEP 14-2 demonstrates continued dedication to the ROK-U.S. relationship and contributes to the security and stability of the Korean Peninsula, as well as the Asia-Pacific region.
The company and its battalion are currently assigned to 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.
“Infantry (tactics) are a perishable skill with the communication that goes into it and all the moving pieces,” said Sgt. Kevin C. Manazir, a fire team leader with the company. “If you don’t train or practice, you’re not going to be on the same level with the rest of your guys because it’s more about learning each other than the tactics.”
The training started with the Marines performing fire team and squad rushes, which required each individual in the team or squad to shoot multiple mechanized enemy targets to cover other Marines in the team or squad while they ran to an advanced position.
The pattern was repeated until the Marines made it to the limit of advance. At this point, they set up a defensive position to counterattack the simulated enemy. Throughout the training, they wore plated flak jackets and Kevlar helmets.
Executing the rushes makes the Marines become individual thinkers and shows how the squad and fire team leaders are effectively training their Marines with the guidance given from their leadership, according to Staff Sgt. Corey A. Foster, a platoon sergeant with the company. It also shows how the squad and fire team leaders are effectively training their Marines with the guidance given from their leadership.
Following this training, the Marines practiced house clearing with simulated enemy targets while wearing their gas masks.
“Going through with the gas mask on is just another building block to add on to the foundation we already have,” said Manazir. “It’s a communication inhibitor, so it really emphasizes the fact of why you need to be yelling when giving commands.”
For the final part of the training, the Marines hiked approximately seven miles back to their living quarters with a pack of required equipment totaling more than 40 pounds.
“When it comes down to it, this is what infantry Marines are here for—getting boots on the ground,” said Sgt. John P. Webber, a platoon sergeant with the company. “We need to train as much as we can to be ready when we have to use it.”
KMEP 14-2 is just one iteration in a series of continuous combined training exercises designed to enhance the ROK-U.S. alliance, promote stability on the Korean Peninsula, and strengthen ROK-U.S. military capabilities and interoperability.