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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Lock, load: logistics Marines train with machine guns

By Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | October 08, 2013

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Marine students of the Battle Skills Training School machine gunner course with 2nd Marine Logistics Group dive for an M240B medium machine gun during a simulated enemy attack prior to a live-fire exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. The service members learned the characteristics; including maximum ranges, rates of fire and the nomenclature, of M240Bs, MK19 Grenade launchers and M2 Browning .50-caliber machine guns.

Marine students of the Battle Skills Training School machine gunner course with 2nd Marine Logistics Group dive for an M240B medium machine gun during a simulated enemy attack prior to a live-fire exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. The service members learned the characteristics; including maximum ranges, rates of fire and the nomenclature, of M240Bs, MK19 Grenade launchers and M2 Browning .50-caliber machine guns. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Marines with 2nd Marine Logistics Group check clearance space for the bolt, or headspace, inside an M2 Browning .50-caliber machine gun during the live-fire exercise portion of the Battle Skills Training School machine gunner course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. Ensuring proper headspace within the weapon is crucial to preventing damage to the weapon or injury to the gunner while firing, following a barrel change.

Marines with 2nd Marine Logistics Group check clearance space for the bolt, or headspace, inside an M2 Browning .50-caliber machine gun during the live-fire exercise portion of the Battle Skills Training School machine gunner course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. Ensuring proper headspace within the weapon is crucial to preventing damage to the weapon or injury to the gunner while firing, following a barrel change. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Capt. Thomas Q. Kearns (left), the director of the Battle Skills Training School, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, congratulates Cpl. Sean M. Stecher, a heavy equipment mechanic with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd MLG, on becoming his class’ honor graduate during a BSTS machine gunner course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. Stecher graduated at the top of his class with a grade point average of 97.5 on written exams and a one minute and 30 second average disassembly and reassembly time.

Capt. Thomas Q. Kearns (left), the director of the Battle Skills Training School, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, congratulates Cpl. Sean M. Stecher, a heavy equipment mechanic with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd MLG, on becoming his class’ honor graduate during a BSTS machine gunner course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. Stecher graduated at the top of his class with a grade point average of 97.5 on written exams and a one minute and 30 second average disassembly and reassembly time. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Capt. Thomas Q. Kearns (left), the director of the Battle Skills Training School, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, speaks to a BSTS machine gunner class prior to a live-fire exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. The class received hours of classroom and hands-on instruction with M240B medium machine guns, MK19 Grenade launchers and M2 Browning .50-caliber machine guns to help prepare them for combat environments.

Capt. Thomas Q. Kearns (left), the director of the Battle Skills Training School, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, speaks to a BSTS machine gunner class prior to a live-fire exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. The class received hours of classroom and hands-on instruction with M240B medium machine guns, MK19 Grenade launchers and M2 Browning .50-caliber machine guns to help prepare them for combat environments. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Marines with 2nd Marine Logistics Group attach an M240B medium machine gun to a tripod stand prior to the live-fire portion of the Battle Skills Training School machine gunner course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. The service members received in-depth training with M240B medium machine guns, MK19 grenade launchers and M2 Browning .50-caliber machine guns.

Marines with 2nd Marine Logistics Group attach an M240B medium machine gun to a tripod stand prior to the live-fire portion of the Battle Skills Training School machine gunner course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. The service members received in-depth training with M240B medium machine guns, MK19 grenade launchers and M2 Browning .50-caliber machine guns. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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A Marine with 2nd Marine Logistics Group fires an M240B medium machine gun during a live-fire exercise portion of the Battle Skills Training School machine gunner course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. Marines going through the course attended daily classes about proper machine gun use and ran the endurance course, a 3.4-mile obstacle course, prior to firing the weapons at the end of the two-week course.

A Marine with 2nd Marine Logistics Group fires an M240B medium machine gun during a live-fire exercise portion of the Battle Skills Training School machine gunner course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. Marines going through the course attended daily classes about proper machine gun use and ran the endurance course, a 3.4-mile obstacle course, prior to firing the weapons at the end of the two-week course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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A row of M240B medium machine guns await use in the live-fire portion of the Battle Skills Training School machine gunner course, attended by Marines with 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. The students in the course trained with M240Bs along with MK19 Grenade launchers and M2 Browning .50-caliber machine guns, although they only fired live rounds with M240Bs and M2s.

A row of M240B medium machine guns await use in the live-fire portion of the Battle Skills Training School machine gunner course, attended by Marines with 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013. The students in the course trained with M240Bs along with MK19 Grenade launchers and M2 Browning .50-caliber machine guns, although they only fired live rounds with M240Bs and M2s. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines with 2nd Marine Logistics Group traded two weeks of their regular schedule for training to help them better protect their fellow service members in a deployed environment here.

The machine gunner course at the Battle Skills Training School taught the service members everything they needed to know about the M240B medium machine gun, MK19 grenade launcher and M2 Browning .50-caliber machine gun, and culminated in a live-fire exercise Oct. 4.

“The materials we teach allow non-infantry Marines to deploy overseas, able to effectively employ these weapon systems as situations present themselves,” said Sgt. Jeffery J. Gause, a machine gunner with BSTS. “[Service members] come to our course, we teach them and they’ll be able to go back to their shops and teach their peers what they’ve learned.”

The course was not meant to train the Marines to become instructors, but it did give them the knowledge to help their units maintain mission readiness for future deployments.

“Not a lot of Marines [in 2nd MLG] get to experience what we experienced,” said Pfc. Shavon C. Smith, an ammunition technician with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd MLG. “Even though we’re not grunts we get to have a taste of that life. We won’t be fumbling with the weapons on a deployment – we’re more experienced now.”

The course provided the Marines with hours of classroom instruction and practical, hands-on training with the weapons, including timed disassembly and reassembly and a written test on each weapon’s characteristics.

This was the first class to run the endurance course, a 3.4-mile trail with obstacles, over which the Marines had to move the weapon systems.

The final portion of the training was a live-fire exercise with M240Bs and M2s, and tested not only the students’ abilities to set up the weapons, but [their ability] to hit their targets, as well.

“It’s a good course,” said Cpl. Sean M. Stecher, a heavy equipment mechanic with 2nd Maint. Bn., CLR-25. “A lot of Marines joined wanting to shoot guns, and [the course] allowed us to do that, but we also learned a lot about the weapons.”


1 Comments


  • Mike Tyburski 190 days ago
    That's good! Infantry is a tough MOS and is the backbone of all the military! Sometimes you get out of that mode over time and refreshing weapon and combat skills is needed!

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