Durango native, U.S. Marine officer plans, controls amphibious exercise
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA, UNITED STATES
Major Benjamin J. Fiala, air officer, 5th Marine Regiment, and a Durango, Colo., native, recently planned and controlled an amphibious exercise for 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 4 to 8, 2014. Fiala coordinated different scenarios for the battalion, who performed an amphibious landing and seized terrain against role players acting as opposing forces. The weeklong exercise, or Marine Corps Combat Readiness Exercise, tested the Marines on the tasks they are expected to perform as an infantry battalion, including amphibious operations. After more than a decade of fighting and training for land combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, infantry battalions within 1st Marine Division have reincorporated amphibious scenarios in their training events as part of the U.S. strategic pivot to the Pacific. The MCCRE offers crucial training that prepares the Marines for upcoming deployments around the world aboard U.S. Navy amphibious ships as part of Marine Expeditionary Units. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / released)
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