News: Group, Division prep for deployment with gunner’s course
Story by Pfc. Franklin Mercado
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participated in a gunner’s course at the 2nd Marine Division Training Center aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 26 to 29.
The training is a part of pre-deployment training for their upcoming tour in support of International Security Assistance Forces in Helmand province, Afghanistan, next year.
During the four-day training exercise Marines with the battalion learned the ins and outs of several machine guns the Marine Corps uses in Afghanistan.
The M-249 squad automatic weapon, .50 Caliber Machine Gun, Mk 19 Grenade Launcher, M240 Golf and M240 Bravo were the machine guns shown during the class. Not only did they get a chance to learn about the weapons, but they also got hands-on training with each one.
The Marines learned how to assemble and disassemble weapons, and how to load and fire the weapon during practical application.
“I like the fact that we are getting all the hands on training,” said Pfc. Eduard Yakobchuk, a motor transportation mechanic with CLB-2. “It’s a lot better than just reading a book. Actually getting to do the steps and learning them as we go along is great.”
Though they are participating in the course, some of the Marines don’t know if they will have the chance to step in as a gunner, such as Lance Cpl. Paul Dodd, a field artillery fire control man with 2nd Battalion, 10 Marine Regiment, 2nd Mar Div, but it isn’t stopping him from ensuring he will be ready for it.
“I don’t really know what to expect since it’s my first time,” Dodd said. “I was told a lot of other Marines are used as gunners on patrols, not just infantryman, and I want to be ready for whatever I’m told to do.”
No matter what their designated duties may be in Afghanistan, these Marines will be ready for the fight in support of their brothers-in-arms.