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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Bring on the mud: Marines complete Vehicle Recovery Course

By Sgt. Alisa Helin | | April 02, 2013

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Marines from 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group attach a Logistics Vehicle System Replacement to pull out a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013.  A Marine Corps instructor came down from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., teaching the Marines about vehicle recovery operations.

Marines from 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group attach a Logistics Vehicle System Replacement to pull out a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013. A Marine Corps instructor came down from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., teaching the Marines about vehicle recovery operations. (Photo by Sgt. Alisa Helin)


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Lance Cpl. Jonathan Baker, a Norfolk, Va., native and motor vehicle operator with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, gives the signal to begin tightening the cords during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013.  The Marines had to work in teams to bring a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle back to its original position.

Lance Cpl. Jonathan Baker, a Norfolk, Va., native and motor vehicle operator with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, gives the signal to begin tightening the cords during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013. The Marines had to work in teams to bring a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle back to its original position. (Photo by Sgt. Alisa Helin)


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Lance Cpl. William Meyer, an Easton, Pa., native and motor vehicle operator with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group operates the retrieval system during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013. The Marines worked with an Logistics Vehicle System Replacement to turn over an Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle.

Lance Cpl. William Meyer, an Easton, Pa., native and motor vehicle operator with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group operates the retrieval system during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013. The Marines worked with an Logistics Vehicle System Replacement to turn over an Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. (Photo by Sgt. Alisa Helin)


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Marines from 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group place chains on a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013.The four week course teaches Marines how to recover vehicles using crane operations, retrieval systems and a lift tow.

Marines from 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group place chains on a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013.The four week course teaches Marines how to recover vehicles using crane operations, retrieval systems and a lift tow. (Photo by Sgt. Alisa Helin)


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A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or M-ATV, sits on its side during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013. Marines from 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, completed a four week course to receive the military occupational specialty of 3536, vehicle recovery operator.

A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or M-ATV, sits on its side during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013. Marines from 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, completed a four week course to receive the military occupational specialty of 3536, vehicle recovery operator. (Photo by Sgt. Alisa Helin)


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A Marine from 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group secures a chain during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013. A mobile training team from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., traveled to Camp Lejuene to teach the 4 week condensed course.

A Marine from 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group secures a chain during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013. A mobile training team from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., traveled to Camp Lejuene to teach the 4 week condensed course. (Photo by Sgt. Rachael K.A. Moore)


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A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MATV, tilts over during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013. Marines from 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group worked in teams to practice recovery operations.

A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MATV, tilts over during the Vehicle Recovery Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2013. Marines from 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group worked in teams to practice recovery operations. (Photo by Sgt. Rachael K.A. Moore)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --

Marines with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group met to complete the Vehicle Recovery Course, here, March 25.

The course is normally six weeks long and takes place at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., but this version is condensed into four weeks. The shorter course allows for a mobile training team to travel to Camp Lejeune, teaching more than 12 Marines at a time.

The students graduated with the necessary military occupational specialty of 3536, vehicle recovery operator.

“Basic operators only know how to put equipment on the truck and go,” said Sgt. Ryan Schmidt, a Saint Augustine, Texas, native and assistant instructor for the course. “[This] deals with crane operations, retrieval systems and a lift tow.”

The Marines were greeted with a cold, muddy field and a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MATV, upside-down, stuck in the mud.

The students must calculate the weight of the vehicle and see how deep it is, before hooking the MATV up to a Logistics Vehicle System Replacement, or LVSR. These conditions must be put together first to get the job done properly and safely, said Schmidt.

The Marines then worked together to attach chains to help pull the vehicle out from the mud. They secured and checked the cables and gave the command to flip the truck over.

The LVSR started pulling the chains in and slowly the MATV rose off its side.

If there were a twist in the chains, loose parts or new dangers that appeared while in motion, the vehicle would have been lowered to its original position so the Marines could have fixed the problem, but this time it went smoothly.

“The training was very successful. The Marines executed safety,” said Schmidt. “They’re messing with a three quarter inch cord and if it messes up, it can slice through a brick wall. I think the Marines did a great job.”

Training like this can be used in everyday operations throughout the entire Marine Corps and within the 2nd MLG.

“We’re on call seven days a week, 24 hours a day,” said Schmidt. “We’re on a roll with recovery mission, [almost] every day.”


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