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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

No prisoners: Marines train to retake facility from terrorists

By Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | April 01, 2013

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Marines prepare to breach a door at 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s compound aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., during a training exercise March 27, 2013. The battalion equipped its Marines with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System, which used lasers to simulate live ammunition during the event.

Marines prepare to breach a door at 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s compound aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., during a training exercise March 27, 2013. The battalion equipped its Marines with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System, which used lasers to simulate live ammunition during the event. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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A Marine carries a simulated casualty to safety during a training exercise held by 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The battalion equipped its Marines with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System, which used lasers to simulate live ammunition during the event.

A Marine carries a simulated casualty to safety during a training exercise held by 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The battalion equipped its Marines with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System, which used lasers to simulate live ammunition during the event. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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A Marine cautiously makes his way through a parking lot during a simulated terrorist attack at 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s compound aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The battalion’s servicemembers spent more than an hour engaging their peers in simulated urban combat during the training exercise.

A Marine cautiously makes his way through a parking lot during a simulated terrorist attack at 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s compound aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The battalion’s servicemembers spent more than an hour engaging their peers in simulated urban combat during the training exercise. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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A Marine catches his breath after rushing across a parking lot during a training exercise held by 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The battalion organized a simulated terrorist attack and launched an assault to retake its facility.

A Marine catches his breath after rushing across a parking lot during a training exercise held by 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The battalion organized a simulated terrorist attack and launched an assault to retake its facility. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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Marines storm through a door during a training exercise held by 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The unit’s personnel assaulted the compound for more than an hour before eliminating the simulated terrorist threat.

Marines storm through a door during a training exercise held by 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The unit’s personnel assaulted the compound for more than an hour before eliminating the simulated terrorist threat. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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A sign posted at 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s compound aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., warns trespassers to stay off the property. The battalion launched a series of training exercises to counter simulated terrorist attacks March 27, 2013.

A sign posted at 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s compound aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., warns trespassers to stay off the property. The battalion launched a series of training exercises to counter simulated terrorist attacks March 27, 2013. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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A Marine treats a simulated casualty during a training exercise held by 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The battalion conducted a series of realistic combat simulations to better prepare its Marines for possible threats.

A Marine treats a simulated casualty during a training exercise held by 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The battalion conducted a series of realistic combat simulations to better prepare its Marines for possible threats. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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A Marine fire team sprints across a maintenance bay during a training exercise held by 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The fire team cleared the area of enemy combatants after a simulated firefight with fellow Marines posing as terrorists.

A Marine fire team sprints across a maintenance bay during a training exercise held by 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The fire team cleared the area of enemy combatants after a simulated firefight with fellow Marines posing as terrorists. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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A Marine with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group takes cover with his squad after the discovery of a simulated improvised explosive device during a training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The battalion spent the day conducting counter-terrorist exercises at its facility.

A Marine with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group takes cover with his squad after the discovery of a simulated improvised explosive device during a training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The battalion spent the day conducting counter-terrorist exercises at its facility. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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A Marine with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group patrols a road outside the battalion’s complex during a training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. Nearly one dozen Marines posing as terrorists infiltrated the area to simulate an attack on the unit’s facility.

A Marine with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group patrols a road outside the battalion’s complex during a training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. Nearly one dozen Marines posing as terrorists infiltrated the area to simulate an attack on the unit’s facility. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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Two Marine fire teams race through a doorway at 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s compound aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The servicemembers spent more than an hour engaging their peers in simulated urban combat during a training exercise held at the base.

Two Marine fire teams race through a doorway at 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s compound aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. The servicemembers spent more than an hour engaging their peers in simulated urban combat during a training exercise held at the base. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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A Marine provides cover for his fire team during a training exercise held by 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. Moments after taking up a defensive position, the fire team received word its way was blocked by enemy activity.

A Marine provides cover for his fire team during a training exercise held by 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2013. Moments after taking up a defensive position, the fire team received word its way was blocked by enemy activity. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- “The aggressors are inside our compound … there will be no prisoners.”

The words launched the battle to retake 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s facilities from simulated terrorists, who infiltrated the site here, March 27. Nearly one dozen Marines posed as insurgents, planted improvised explosive devices throughout the area, and hunkered down for the coming assault.

“This is on a much more personal level,” said Sgt. William A. Dalzell, a light armored vehicle technician with the battalion. “This is my home right now, my work area, not some little compound out in the woods.”

The unit outfitted each Marine with a load of blank ammunition and the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System, or MILES, which uses lasers to simulate actual bullets.

“I’m not going to just be looking for a cardboard cutout of the enemy,” said Dalzell, a Lake Geneva, Wis., native who fought against the Marines as an insurgent. “The enemy is going to be mobile, and they’re going to be an actual threat this time.”

Dozens of Marines trickled through the entrance of the compound. They moved in rushes, one Marine providing cover as his teammates raced to close the distance to the buildings.

“It all depends on the aggressors,” said Staff Sgt. Noe H. Verduzco, a maintenance chief with the battalion who took part in the training. “The biggest thing is getting through fast and communicating … as long as they communicate with each other, they should be able to clear the way through the doorway and into rooms. Everything else from there will be a surprise.”

Dalzell and another insurgent hid within one of the battalion’s buildings and waited to ambush the Marines. Their instructions were clear – give no quarter, expect none in return.

“If you’re the first guy going through the door, you don’t know if that’s the last door you’re going to go through,” said Verduzco, a native of San Diego. “It all depends on how the aggressors want to place themselves. It’s the unexpected, which kind of brings a bit of reality because you never know what to expect.”

Fire teams of four or more Marines rushed into buildings across the compound.

Gunfire erupted in the maintenance bay as a group of servicemembers sprinted past work benches and vehicles. One Marine went down, his MILES gear humming a single tone to signify he was hit

“It got frantic,” said Dalzell, recalling the moments after he opened fire on a group of Marines. “[The] adrenaline started pumping.”

Individual battles raged in offices, parking lots and work spaces across the compound.

“Once they realized they were taking contact, they all found cover, and eventually they just dispersed and started to maneuver toward my [location],” said Dalzell. “I was overwhelmed, and I had Marines on the left and the right.”

In approximately an hour and a half, the assault force isolated Dalzell and the other insurgents, neutralizing the entire group of terrorists.

The Marines carried their simulated wounded out of the battle area and finished their sweep of the compound. Two hours later, the fight raged again as another group of Marines squared off inside the compound.


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