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    22nd MEU BLT CRUSHes live-fire exercise in Jægerspris, Denmark



    Story by Sgt. Mason Roy 

    22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit

    A landscape of rolling hills, tall trees and thick brush, give way to a blue, sparkling body of water known as a fjord, in the center, a company of U.S. Marines stand at the ready in a valley of overgrown grass with strategically placed targets. Gunnery Sgt. John Seifert, Fox Company operations chief with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/6, runs through the range with pride as the Marines of ‘Fury’ erupt; mortar rounds pound, machine guns blare, rifle and dismounted squads all attacking the same objective with grit, precision and relentlessness. All of them work toward a specific outcome—a truly beautiful moment.
    “We want to safely push them to their limits—through these complex and chaotic environments in order for them to come out ready to do the real thing,” Seifert said. “Some would call it pure chaos, but I would call it ‘the beautiful moment.’”
    This moment lived up to the expectations of Lance Cpl. Jacob Romo when Fox Company, BLT 2/6, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted live-fire sustainment training in Jӕgerspris, Denmark from July 10-15, 2022.
    “The beautiful moment is one only a few Marines will ever get to experience,” Seifert said. “It’s what has kept me going all these years. It’s this special moment in time where you see an entire unit hammering away at the objective, and it’s all to set conditions for a young lance corporal to fire their rocket.”
    The exercise consisted of a series of combined weapon systems to include the M4 Service Rifle, M27 Infantry Assault Rifle, M240B Machine Gun, M252A2 81MM Mortar and MK153 Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW). Combining these weapons systems allowed the Marines to suppress and close with the enemy while also seizing and destroying their objective.
    Marines spent the first day conducting “dry runs,” allowing them to identify friction points and increase fluidity amongst small unit leaders and their Marines. Opportunities to train in countries like Denmark provided Marines the ability to hone their skills in austere and unfamiliar environments, while also building relationships with our Danish counterparts.
    “What we see in dry runs is the ‘true rep’ the company gets and we make corrections based on their performance,” Seifert said. “Once the corrections are made, I looked at the live-fire as a return on the Marines’ investment into the exercise and a validation of the learning points everyone underwent.”
    Seifert stated when it came time for the live-fire attacks, the Marines were firing on all cylinders. They zoned in on their tasks, understood what needed to happen, and executed with precision.
    “When you fire the SMAW there’s this big boom in your chest and you can feel the weight of the weapon shift as the rocket leaves,” Romo said. “I like the pressure that comes with it, everyone is supporting you when it comes time to pull the trigger and you don’t want to miss because everyone is watching; but it’s still a lot of fun.”
    When the exercise concluded the BLT was very appreciative of the Danish government and their ability to host them in Jӕgerspris.
    “The Danish government welcomed us with open arms and were super flexible in allowing us to push our Marines to new heights—and providing my Marines an opportunity to witness that beautiful moment,” Seifert said.



    Date Taken: 07.26.2022
    Date Posted: 07.31.2022 10:51
    Story ID: 425796
    Location: DK

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