News: 1st Law Enforcement Battalion flex their muscles for 1st MEB
TWNTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion are showcasing their skills and capabilities during Large Scale Exercise-1, Javelin Thrust 2012.
Javelin Thrust is an annual exercise with 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., which allows active and reserve Marines and sailors from 38 different states to train together as a seamless Marine air ground task force.
Newly activated 1st LE Bn., has a broad range of occupation specialties to cover their four main tasks, which are to provide police advising, training and partnering and conduct law enforcement and policing operations. Their goal in the exercise is to show the vast capabilities they have to offer for 1st MEB in a deployment situation.
“We’re able to put on display the abilities that Law Enforcement Battalion brings and to educate 1st MEB and the leadership on what we can and will bring to the fight,” said Capt. Gunnar Spafford, G-3 with 1st LE Bn. “We are law enforcement experts that provide a flexible and scalable capability that will enhance the Marine Corps’ mission across the range of military operations.”
The battalion is conducting crew served weapons training, range operations, combat marksmanship style shooting, squad assaults, and tactical site exploitations during the week-long exercise. They will also be responding to a civil disturbance scenario, practicing detainee handling and conducting convoy operations.
“Up until now, we’ve been focusing on the basics, making sure the Marines don’t forget what we do on a basic level,” said 2nd Lt. Juan Diaz, the 2nd Platoon commander with Alpha Company, 1st LE Bn. “While we’re out here, we’re going to be focusing on the military police specific training evolutions.”
One of the major roles of 1st LE Bn., is their ability to advise other military units, host nation or police forces in law enforcement specific tasks in a deployed environment.
“There are individuals out there who don’t know much about law enforcement, so we’ll teach them how to enforce and how to handle combat scenarios,” said Cpl. Fidel Rodriguez, a dog handler with 1st LE Bn.
While 1st LE Bn. is showcasing their ability to support 1st MEB, Marines within the law enforcement battalion are showing their unique military occupations. Corpsmen, dog handlers and motor transport mechanics attached to the battalion during the exercise are proving their capability to support.
“I’m just here to support and show 1st LE Bn. what the combat trackers have to offer,” said Rodriguez, whose role as a dog handler is as a combat tracker. “If people are lost, they’ve got us. We’ll look for them.”
The exercise is an opportunity for 1st LE Bn., to validate their readiness to handle future challenges with 1st MEB. “We want to integrate within 1st MEB’s command and have them utilize us in the fight,” Spafford said. “We want to refine our concept of operations and make it better. I think it’s already a success.”
Date Posted:07.09.2012 04:02
Location:MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA, US
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