News: Advance equipment, innovation to be shown at Marine South 2012
Story by Pfc. Nikki Phongsisattanak
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Cutting edge gadgets and innovations will be showcased at the Marine South 2012 military exposition, sponsored by the Marine Corps League and Marine Corps Systems Commanded and hosted at the Goettge Memorial Field House aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, April 11 through 12.
A large tent will facilitate more than 170 vendors and defense contractors who will be presenting a wide variety of products from improved combat boots designed to endure rough terrain without compromising comfort to robotic exoskeleton suits that make carrying 100-pound loads a breeze.
Event coordinators encourage commands to give their Marines the opportunity to attend the event.
Mark Dayoc, the operations specialist with Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, said the purpose for the Marines to show up is to provide feedback to the companies that put this equipment out for the Marine Corps. Their input is solicited to help the companies improve their equipment to best fit the needs of the Marine using the wares in combat.
Attendees will have the opportunity to review and critique new products, up-close and hands-on. The feedback between the users and contractors contributes to the vision and goal of implementing new and advanced technologies and innovations to assist the Marine Corps with future challenges. Collaborative efforts between the user and maker help to fabricate the ideal product for the Marines.
“The input the Marines give to make the equipment better is the most important aspect that will take place,” said Dayoc. “There’s a lot of equipment that has been presented in the past and is now implemented in the Marine Corps.”
More than 4,000 spectators are expected to arrive daily.
The commanders preview reception is scheduled for April 11, from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Followed by the opening ceremony with Lt. Gen. John Paxton, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Unit, who will give opening remarks.
The event will be open to all patrons April 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on April 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission is free and advance registration is not required for attendees. Marines in uniform may enter the event without a registration badge. Other military personnel and patrons will need to register on-site and obtain a complimentary attendee badge during the registration open hours.
For more information on the event, visit marinemilitaryexpos.com/marine-south.shtml or visit mccslejeune.com and reference in their event calendar.