Unit Banner could not be loaded.

 

Marine Corps Installations Pacific

Infantrymen sharpen skills during live-fire training

By Pfc. Kasey Peacock | Marine Corps Installations Pacific | May 09, 2013

Photos
prev
1 of 6
next
Lance Cpl. Jesse A. Kessler fires the M32 semiautomatic grenade launcher during individual weapons drills at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29. Kessler is a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.

Lance Cpl. Jesse A. Kessler fires the M32 semiautomatic grenade launcher during individual weapons drills at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29. Kessler is a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. (Photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock)


Photo Details | Download |

Lance Cpl. Jesse A. Kessler loads the M32 semiautomatic grenade launcher during weapons systems familiarization and fire-and-maneuver exercises at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29. Marines also fired the M203 grenade launcher, AT-4 light anti-armor weapon and the MK153 shoulder-fired multipurpose assault weapon to increase proficiency. Following the weapons systems familiarization training, Marines conducted fire-and-maneuver rehearsals. Kessler  is with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock/Released)

Lance Cpl. Jesse A. Kessler loads the M32 semiautomatic grenade launcher during weapons systems familiarization and fire-and-maneuver exercises at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29. Marines also fired the M203 grenade launcher, AT-4 light anti-armor weapon and the MK153 shoulder-fired multipurpose assault weapon to increase proficiency. Following the weapons systems familiarization training, Marines conducted fire-and-maneuver rehearsals. Kessler is with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock/Released) (Photo by Cpl. Adam B. Miller)


Photo Details | Download |

Lance Cpl. Richard G. Deans fires an M203 grenade launcher at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29. Marines trained with various weapons systems and held fire-and-maneuver exercises, increasing readiness and preparing for future operations. Deans is a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.

Lance Cpl. Richard G. Deans fires an M203 grenade launcher at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29. Marines trained with various weapons systems and held fire-and-maneuver exercises, increasing readiness and preparing for future operations. Deans is a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. (Photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock)


Photo Details | Download |

Staff Sgt. Owen I. Wood, left, watches as Lance Cpl. Erick M. Mistretta prepares to load an M203 grenade launcher during weapons systems familiarization and fire-and-maneuver exercises at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29. Marines also fired the M203 grenade launcher, AT-4 light anti-armor weapon and the MK153 shoulder-fired multipurpose assault weapon to increase proficiency. Following the weapons systems familiarization training, Marines conducted fire-and-maneuver rehearsals. Wood is a platoon sergeant and Mistretta is a rifleman. Both are with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock/Released)

Staff Sgt. Owen I. Wood, left, watches as Lance Cpl. Erick M. Mistretta prepares to load an M203 grenade launcher during weapons systems familiarization and fire-and-maneuver exercises at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29. Marines also fired the M203 grenade launcher, AT-4 light anti-armor weapon and the MK153 shoulder-fired multipurpose assault weapon to increase proficiency. Following the weapons systems familiarization training, Marines conducted fire-and-maneuver rehearsals. Wood is a platoon sergeant and Mistretta is a rifleman. Both are with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock/Released) (Photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock)


Photo Details | Download |

Lance Cpl. Devon T. Voorhees fires an M203 grenade launcher during weapons systems familiarization and fire-and-maneuver exercises at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29. Marines also fired the M203 grenade launcher, AT-4 light anti-armor weapon and the MK153 shoulder-fired multipurpose assault weapon to increase proficiency. Following the weapons systems familiarization training, Marines conducted fire-and-maneuver rehearsals. Voorhees is a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock/Released)

Lance Cpl. Devon T. Voorhees fires an M203 grenade launcher during weapons systems familiarization and fire-and-maneuver exercises at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29. Marines also fired the M203 grenade launcher, AT-4 light anti-armor weapon and the MK153 shoulder-fired multipurpose assault weapon to increase proficiency. Following the weapons systems familiarization training, Marines conducted fire-and-maneuver rehearsals. Voorhees is a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock/Released) (Photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock)


Photo Details | Download |

Lance Cpl. Jose A. Cabrera prepares to fire the M203 grenade launcher during weapons systems familiarization and fire-and-maneuver exercises at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29. Marines also fired the M203 grenade launcher, AT-4 light anti-armor weapon and the MK153 shoulder-fired multipurpose assault weapon to increase proficiency. Following the weapons systems familiarization training, Marines conducted fire-and-maneuver rehearsals. Cabrera is a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock/Released)

Lance Cpl. Jose A. Cabrera prepares to fire the M203 grenade launcher during weapons systems familiarization and fire-and-maneuver exercises at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29. Marines also fired the M203 grenade launcher, AT-4 light anti-armor weapon and the MK153 shoulder-fired multipurpose assault weapon to increase proficiency. Following the weapons systems familiarization training, Marines conducted fire-and-maneuver rehearsals. Cabrera is a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock/Released) (Photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock)


Photo Details | Download |

Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan -- Two popular reasons why people become U.S. Marines are the opportunities to be a member of America’s force in readiness and to travel the globe. Marines assigned to the unit deployment program not only get to travel, but they have the opportunity to train in environments across the Asia-Pacific region.
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the UDP, held weapons systems familiarization and fire-and-maneuver exercises at Range 2 on Camp Hansen April 29.
Marines fired the M203 grenade launcher, M32 semiautomatic grenade launcher, AT-4 light anti-armor weapon and the MK153 shoulder-fired multipurpose assault weapon to increase proficiency.
This training was conducted to prepare the battalion for its upcoming final field training exercise while assigned to the UDP and future operations, according to Staff Sgt. Owen I. Wood, a platoon sergeant with the battalion.
“We train in order to maintain our skills and remain proficient,” said Wood. “A lot of the things we did today provided great training for our Marines. The different battle drills we conducted provided a more realistic aspect than just standing online and shooting on a range.”
Following the weapons systems familiarization training, Marines conducted fire-and-maneuver rehearsals.
“For the battle drills, we focused on making them as realistic as possible,” said 1st Lt. Zachary W. Devlin-Foltz, a platoon commander with the battalion. “We practiced gaining fire superiority, selecting positions for fire teams, coordinating small-arms suppression prior to movement, engaging enemies according to target precedence, and adjusting placement and rate of fire.”
The battalion engaged in several training evolutions while on Okinawa to sharpen the Marines’ warfighting skills, according to Wood. Training days like this are considered routine for infantry battalions, but the day also assisted in preparation for its final exercise in June.
“The opportunities we have had to train on Okinawa were even better than we originally thought,” said Wood. “The different climate and terrain adds a more realistic element to the training we do. We look forward to taking advantage of all other opportunities we have while under the UDP.”
The UDP was established in 1977 by then-Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Louis H. Wilson Jr. as an initiative to improve unit cohesion by lengthening training evolutions. As part of the program, infantry battalions stationed in the U.S. deploy to Okinawa for a six-month training cycle.
After the Marines finished the maneuver exercises, they employed all the weapons in an isolated battle drill.
“The training we conducted today was important because, in the infantry, we can always use the experience,” said Lance Cpl. Naim K. Olverson, a rifleman with the battalion. “In the near future a lot of our guys are leaving, getting promoted, and taking on new responsibilities. This requires junior Marines to step up and take the lead. Training like this gives us the experience and confidence to do that.”


4 Comments


  • Keener 219 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I am
    waiting for your further post thank you once again.
  • Brunson 229 days ago
    I like what you guys are usually up too. This type of clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the very good works guys I've you guys to blogroll.
  • Cornett 1 years 49 days ago
    I used to be suggested this blog by way of my cousin.

    I am no longer positive whether this put up is written by him as nobody else
    realize such detailed about my problem. You're wonderful!
    Thanks!
  • Castle 1 years 51 days ago
    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post.
    Thanks for providing this information.

Add Comment

(required)
(required)
  Post Comment