News: Combat training keeps US, Royal Thai Marines ready
BAN CHAM KREM, Thailand – Royal Thai Marines team up with U.S. Marines from Combat Assault Battalion for professional military instruction regarding Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) training during Exercise Cobra Gold 2012 at the training area here Feb. 10.
Cobra Gold is a recurring multinational and multi-service exercise co-hosted by the Kingdom of Thailand and the U.S. designed to advance regional security by exercising a multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region.
Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force has formed a training platoon during the exercise. Every few days, Marines from different companies in the battalion integrate into training platoon for combat sustainment training in an effort to maintain a force in readiness.
“We’re expounding on the basic skills that Marines were taught at Marine Combat Training so that they will be ready if deployed to a combat theater without notice,” said Sgt. Kyle Becker, Military Operations on Urban Terrain lane officer-in-charge.
Training alongside Marines from Combat Assault Battalion, were Royal Thai Marines. Thai counterparts got to experience U.S. Marine Corps tactics in a simulated urban environment.
“Our Thai brothers are very disciplined and caught on quickly to the training,” said Becker. “Even with the language barrier, we are all Marines.”
The training included basic tactics such as, speed reloading and proper weapons presentation, to more advanced tactics such as, movement from building to building in urban warfare and clearing multiple objectives.
“Every Marine needs to keep up with their basic combat training,” said Lance Cpl. Michael Johnston, motor transport mechanic with Headquarters and Service Company, Combat Assault Battalion. “It doesn’t matter the country, this is what Marines do.”
Date Posted:02.11.2012 19:45
Location:BAN CHAM KREM, TH
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