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Marines with Military Police Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, perform personal security detail exercises during a training exercise at Landing Zone Flamingo aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 19, 2011. The company performed several exercises during the training event such as close quarter combat, air medical evacuations, personal security detail and convoy security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado)

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Military policemen hone skills with MARSOC

19 May 2011 | Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado

Military Police Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, conducted a two week training exercise which focused on sharpening their current skills and honing new ones at Landing Zone Flamingo aboard Camp Lejeune beginning May 12, 2011.

Over the course of two weeks, MP Co. performed several exercises including close quarters combat, air medical evacuations, personal security details and convoy security.

The intent of the training was to teach the Marines new things and refine old techniques. MP Co. took advantage of time spent with Marine Corps Special Operations Command, something not all units have the opportunity to do.

“They’ve helped us refine our convoy procedures and given us an in-depth class on some of our weapons systems,” said 1st Lt. Bobby Fowler, the company’s executive officer. “They also taught us things outside of our (military occupational specialty) capability, like doing special reconnaissance on a specific house.”

Learning so much from an elite force like MARSOC can be overwhelming at times, but it was a situation most of the Marines relished, stated Fowler.

“We’ve responded well to the exposure of new things out here,” said Fowler. “As we all know, MARSOC operates on a spectrum so much wider than a lot of other (jobs). Seeing these guys operate and do their jobs is great.”

As the training went on, the help MP Co. received from the special operations Marines paid dividends. They were more confident and were executing their exercises with more precision, said Sgt. Jeremiah M. Gerstner, a platoon sergeant with the company.

“The Marines are doing well,” said Gerstner. “They’ve improved exponentially since we’ve been out here. The MARSOC Marines have been extremely helpful in mentoring our Marines.”

Though MP Co. and MARSOC might be worlds apart in capabilities, they’ve proven that any two Marine Corps entities can come together for a greater good and to achieve mission accomplishment.

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