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Marines storm Fort Bragg in preparation for Mojave Viper

3 May 2011 | Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado

Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, conducted Battalion Field Exercise 2 at Fort Bragg, N.C., from April 20-28.

The exercise was in preparation for an upcoming training event at Mojave Viper aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., later this year.

During the exercise, the battalion participated in numerous situations that simulated scenarios Marines and sailors with the unit could possibly encounter while deployed. Those scenarios included combat logistics patrols, counter insurgency tactics and simulated enemy contact.

“These are all very important aspects of our training because these are all things we encountered on our last deployment,” said Maj. Chris E. Charles, the operations officer for the battalion. “Training is always important, but when you have Marines that have already experienced it, they know we aren’t just out there for fun, it’s to train.”

It was obvious the Marines had an understanding of that importance. They were all where they needed to be when they needed to be there, said Charles.

“The way the Marines performed from the leadership down to the junior Marines was exceptional,” he said. “They performed their tasks effectively and they are poised to execute well at (Mojave Viper).”

Taking place in the rugged terrain of Eastern California, Enhanced Mojave Viper is a month-long training exercise designed to simulate combat operations in Iraq or Afghanistan. The grounds include a Military Operations on Urban Terrain town, complete with a mosque, native role players and improvised explosive device lanes. Units conduct all types of training from live fire and mounted and dismounted tactical movement, artillery and tank training.

“As a unit we did great,” said Lance Cpl. Devin J. Fosler, a logistics vehicle system operator with CLB-6. “This was good preparation for Mojave Viper. A lot of units don’t have training events to get you ready for Mojave, but I think it was a great idea to come out here and take part in this instead of just throwing us to the lions.”

CLB-6, which spent seven months in Afghanistan last year in support of International Security Assistance Forces Operations, will land in Helmand Province again later this year.


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