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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Combat engineers train at forward operating base

By Pfc. Sullivan Laramie | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | February 27, 2013

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A Marine with Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group stands watch as a bulldozer demolishes the unit’s patrol base during a training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013. The company’s field operation centered around the construction, use and deconstruction of a forward operating base in preparation for the unit’s upcoming deployment.

A Marine with Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group stands watch as a bulldozer demolishes the unit’s patrol base during a training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013. The company’s field operation centered around the construction, use and deconstruction of a forward operating base in preparation for the unit’s upcoming deployment. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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A bulldozer belonging to Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group idles briefly before it demolishes the company’s forward operating base in the final stages of a training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013. Combat engineers, heavy equipment operators and bulk fuel specialists worked together to set up, work in and dismantle a patrol base during the field operation in preparation for a future deployment.

A bulldozer belonging to Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group idles briefly before it demolishes the company’s forward operating base in the final stages of a training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013. Combat engineers, heavy equipment operators and bulk fuel specialists worked together to set up, work in and dismantle a patrol base during the field operation in preparation for a future deployment. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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Marines with Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group pull apart the wire mesh of a dirt-filled barrier during a 10-day training operation aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013. The pre-deployment field operation was the first time the company built and worked with a forward operating base as part of a training exercise.

Marines with Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group pull apart the wire mesh of a dirt-filled barrier during a 10-day training operation aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013. The pre-deployment field operation was the first time the company built and worked with a forward operating base as part of a training exercise. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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A front-end loader belonging to  Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group demolishes guard towers at a forward operating base near the end of a training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013. Heavy equipment operators assisted combat engineers in constructing a patrol base within 48 hours and then destroyed it several days later to prepare for the company’s upcoming deployment operations.

A front-end loader belonging to Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group demolishes guard towers at a forward operating base near the end of a training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013. Heavy equipment operators assisted combat engineers in constructing a patrol base within 48 hours and then destroyed it several days later to prepare for the company’s upcoming deployment operations. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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A combat engineer with Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group tears open one of the many barriers used to fortify the company’s training patrol base aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013. The Marines piled thousands of pounds of dirt to build the walls of the base, which was used during the unit’s pre-deployment training.

A combat engineer with Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group tears open one of the many barriers used to fortify the company’s training patrol base aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013. The Marines piled thousands of pounds of dirt to build the walls of the base, which was used during the unit’s pre-deployment training. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines and sailors with Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group built and operated out of a forward operating base as part of a 10-day training exercise here, in February.

The company had only a limited time to construct the FOB in order which simulated the short deadline it would have during a deployment.

“Within 48 hours, we had to create a FOB to help with combat operations,” said Lance Cpl. Nicholas S. Chavez, a Yuma, Ariz., native and combat engineer with the unit. “We had to set up security to mitigate any threat around the area so [the fuel supply], heavy equipment, utility platoon and motor transportation [sections] could continue operations.”

The engineers then went to work providing guards for the base, and the unit’s fuel supply section set up containers to hold 60,000 gallons of water, simulating fuel bladders at a deployed FOB.

The unit’s command also tasked approximately 110 Marines of the company to conduct local patrols and install a non-standard bridge constructed with nearby materials.

“We basically wanted to accomplish all our mission-essential tasks in preparation for our deployment to Afghanistan,” said Capt. Jarod A. Drennan, a native of Odessa, Texas, and the company commander. “A lot of the heavy equipment operators are newer Marines, and this gave them a chance to get a lot of experience on the equipment.”

The pre-deployment field operation was the first time the company built and worked with a FOB as part of a training exercise.

“It’s essential to have a place to work, be secure and be able to work without having to worry about threats,” said Chavez. “We have everything we need, and I think it went really well.”

Armed with shovels and crowbars, the engineers tore down the FOB with the support of heavy equipment operators just days after building it, which they may have to do in Afghanistan.

“We learned a lot and developed a lot of standard operating procedures to move [forward] from this point,” said Drennan. “This was our first company field operation, so we got a good base line for where we are.”

Members of the company will return to the field again in the coming weeks as they continue to train for their upcoming deployment.


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