News: Marines take on ROK mountain warfare training
Story by Cpl. Abigail Brown
ROK MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, Republic of Korea --More than 85 Marines from Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and its augments for the Korean Interoperability Training Program 2010, recently participated in a three-day training evolution here.
The training, led by ROK Marine instructors, consisted of rappelling both backward and forward off helicopter skids and down man-made and rock walls from heights of 30 and 90 feet.
Marines also had to cross an 800-foot long rope bridge, execute a suspended "long-stride" rappel, fast rope and practice rock climbing during the training.
Marines were also instructed how to "belay" climbers. Belaying is securing a climber on the end of a rope.
"In Iraq and Afghanistan there are many mountains," said Master Sgt. Sung Kim, lead instructor, ROK Marine Corps MWTC. "This training is applicable to the war because we can strengthen areas that our enemies could expose as a weakness."
Many of the Marines participating in the training enjoyed the opportunity.
"I’ve never done anything like this before and it was exhilarating," said Pfc. Stanley Isidore, motor transport operator, Motor Transport Company, CLR-3. "The training was outstanding and the instructors were very disciplined."
Some Marines were doubtful at first, but they were able to overcome their fears by teamwork. "I gained the ability to trust my fellow Marines, both ROK and U.S.," Isidore said. "I knew they were there to help and wouldn’t let me fall." For other Marines the training inspired teamwork and higher morale.
"I love doing this with my Marines and watching them builds camaraderie," said Cpl. William R. McDougall, embark chief, S-4, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, CLR-3.
"It’s also good for us to get training outside our Military Occupation Specialty and gain experience while working with our Korean counterparts."
Throughout the training, ROK and U.S. Marines were able to work together to increase interoperability. "We aren’t training as allies, we’re training as brothers," Kim said. "I was in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines and we were very influential on each other. I only wish that we could work and train together more."