Marines, sailors conduct small-unit training for Cold Response

II Marine Expeditionary Force
Story by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie

Date: 12.05.2013
Posted: 12.05.2013 14:47
News ID: 117796
Marines, sailors conduct small-unit training for Cold Response

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Two Marine fire teams rushed to reinforce several others after clearing a ridge of enemy combatants, but as one Marine ran to cover, an improvised explosive device detonated at his feet and chaos erupted.<br /> <br /> Fortunately for the squads, this combat scenario was only simulated and the IED only left the Marine dirty.<br /> <br /> Marines and sailors with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participated in a basic skills course at the Battle Skills Training School, or BSTS, here Dec. 2 to 6.<br /> <br /> The training helped prepare the service members for winter training in Bridgeport, Calif., and the upcoming NATO exercise, Cold Response 2014, in Norway.<br /> <br /> “Once we go to Bridgeport and Norway, we’re going to be up in the mountains, so having communication between squads and fire teams is important,” said Cpl. Oscar I. Mejia, a Cleveland, Ohio, native and motor vehicle operator with the company. “[We need to be] looking out for each other because there’s a high risk for casualties – heat casualties, cold casualties and lack of air. We need to get that communication [ready] so we don’t mess up out there.”<br /> <br /> Throughout the weeklong course, the service members learned and reviewed a number of basic skills, including patrols, combat lifesaving, land navigation and holding entry control points at a forward operating base. The Marines and sailors also conducted 48 hours of combat operations against BSTS instructors.<br /> <br /> “When we get Marines here from outside of the [infantry] field, they’re going to know the basics of what to do if they get thrown into standing post or being on patrols [upon completing the course],” said Sgt. Jason B. Cox, an Evington, Va., native and machine gunner with BSTS. “It gets them outside of their box of working in a shop.”<br /> <br /> Service members with the company are scheduled to participate in mental and physical training until they leave to conduct operations above the Arctic Circle.