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    Marines suppress ‘enemy fire’

    Marines suppress ‘enemy fire’

    Photo By Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | A Marine with Weapons Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment,...... read more read more

    KANGAROO FLATS TRAINING AREA, NT, AUSTRALIA

    05.23.2013

    Story by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco 

    Marine Rotational Force Darwin

    KANGAROO FLATS TRAINING AREA, Northern Territory, Australia – A squad-sized enemy element waited in trenches, ready to attack only a few meters away from the Marines of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin.

    At least that’s what the squad-attack training simulated as the Marines planned their scheme-of-maneuver on the fly in order to eliminate that “enemy” threat, here, May 22.

    “They got a fragmentation order last night,” said 1st Lt. Wesley Nix, platoon commander, 3rd Platoon, Lima Co., 3rd Bn., 3rd Marine Regiment, MRF-D. “Their mission was to go through and kick them out of the trenches with sniper support and machine gun support.”

    With so many different elements that go into conducting a squad attack, well-coordinated planning becomes paramount.

    “This training really stresses teamwork. It helps those noncommissioned officers develop their squads, camaraderie and esprit de corps,” said Nix. “It replicates real-life, combat scenarios. Sometimes we’ll end up doing something without a lot of time to prepare and then have to go straight into an attack.”

    A few short hours of planning to remove the enemy from the trenches meant every Marine felt the pressure of knowing his role.

    “It’s small-unit leadership,” said Cpl. Patrick Paul, squad leader, 1st Plt., Lima Co., 3rd Bn., 3rd Marine Regiment, MRF-D. “You basically have to [plan] everything, so everyone down to the basic rifleman can understand what’s going on and what they have to do to get the mission accomplished.”

    Although the Marines entered “hostile” ground with a plan of action, they quickly learned that combat rarely goes as planned – even simulated warfare.

    “All of the sudden, they could say, ‘Hey, that guy is down.’ Then there’s a casualty, and you have to prepare a casualty evacuation team,” explained Paul. “When you get out there, anything can happen. You’ve got to be prepared to adapt.”

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    Date Taken: 05.23.2013
    Date Posted: 05.24.2013 01:11
    Story ID: 107522
    Location: KANGAROO FLATS TRAINING AREA, NT, AU

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