Marines clear path in training

By Pfc. Dalton Precht | 2nd Marine Division | September 13, 2013

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Marines with Mobility Assault Company, Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division exit their tanks at the completion of the breaching and clearing course September 12, 2013. Marines with Combat Engineer Battalion 2nd Marine Division participated in a week long field exercise in which they had to implement four basic combat engineer task being mobility, counter mobility, assault and general engineering.

Marines with Mobility Assault Company, Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division exit their tanks at the completion of the breaching and clearing course September 12, 2013. Marines with Combat Engineer Battalion 2nd Marine Division participated in a week long field exercise in which they had to implement four basic combat engineer task being mobility, counter mobility, assault and general engineering. (Photo by Pfc. Dalton Precht)


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A Marine with Mobility Assault Company, Combat Engineer Battalion 2nd Marine Division lets off smoke grenades signifying the completion of the breaching and clearing course. In this exercise Marines had to navigate their way through a series of obstacles including a tank ditch and coiled razor wire in order to accomplish the objective.

A Marine with Mobility Assault Company, Combat Engineer Battalion 2nd Marine Division lets off smoke grenades signifying the completion of the breaching and clearing course. In this exercise Marines had to navigate their way through a series of obstacles including a tank ditch and coiled razor wire in order to accomplish the objective. (Photo by Pfc. Dalton Precht)


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An Assault Breacher Vehicle awaits to proceed onto a simulated mine field as Marines from Mobility Assault Company, Combat Engineer battalion 2nd Marine Division cut a section of fence for easy passage September 12, 2013. The Assault Breacher Vehicle clears the path as other vehicles follow in the breaching and clearing exercise.

An Assault Breacher Vehicle awaits to proceed onto a simulated mine field as Marines from Mobility Assault Company, Combat Engineer battalion 2nd Marine Division cut a section of fence for easy passage September 12, 2013. The Assault Breacher Vehicle clears the path as other vehicles follow in the breaching and clearing exercise. (Photo by Pfc. Dalton Precht)


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Marines with Mobility Assault Company, Combat Engineer Battalion 2nd Marine Division scan the breaching and clearing course as they approach the first obstacle. Approximately 30 Marines took part in the breaching and clearing exercise September 12, 2013.

Marines with Mobility Assault Company, Combat Engineer Battalion 2nd Marine Division scan the breaching and clearing course as they approach the first obstacle. Approximately 30 Marines took part in the breaching and clearing exercise September 12, 2013. (Photo by Pfc. Dalton Precht)


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A Marine with Mobility Assault Company, Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division looks out at the breaching and clearing course as he awaits for the Assault Breacher Vehicles to approach. Marines from Mobility Assault Company conducted a breaching and clearing exercise September 12, 2013.

A Marine with Mobility Assault Company, Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division looks out at the breaching and clearing course as he awaits for the Assault Breacher Vehicles to approach. Marines from Mobility Assault Company conducted a breaching and clearing exercise September 12, 2013. (Photo by Pfc. Dalton Precht)


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Marines with Mobility Assault Company Combat Engineer Battalion 2nd Marine Division, approach the breaching and clearing exercise of their week long field exercise. Marines with Combat Engineer Battalion conducted basic combat engineer task during the field exercise.

Marines with Mobility Assault Company Combat Engineer Battalion 2nd Marine Division, approach the breaching and clearing exercise of their week long field exercise. Marines with Combat Engineer Battalion conducted basic combat engineer task during the field exercise. (Photo by Pfc. Dalton Precht)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Smoke filled the air at the end of the breaching and clearing exercise signifying that the Marines with Combat Engineer Battalion 2nd Marine division had accomplished their task and maneuvered through the breaching and clearing course successfully.

In this field exercise Marines had to use the four basic combat engineer qualities being mobility, counter mobility, assault and general engineering to not only breach and clear the training area built to build a forward operating base and the breaching and clearing course.

1st LT John M. Lunbeen the heavy equipment platoon commander for Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, was in charge of planning all the heavy equipment operations for the breaching and clearing field exercise September 12, 2013.

Lunbeen is in charge of planning and conducting all the heavy equipment operations for Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.

Approximately 30 marines from Mobility Assault Company took part in the actual breaching and clearing exercise, and approximately 70 marines from Combat Engineer Battalion took part in the field exercise, Lunbeen said.

Marines from Alpha Company, Combat Engineer Battalion 2nd Marine Division designed and built the engineer course with the help of heavy equipment operators who built berms and dug tank ditches, Lunbeen said.

The breaching and clearing course consisted of coiled razor wire, tank ditches and berms for the Marines to navigate through.
Lance Cpl. Alexander G. Delphia a heavy equipment operator for Combat Engineer battalion 2nd Marine division took part in the training exercise by moving gear and building berms.

The hardest part of being a combat engineer is learning some of the techniques, Delphia said. Once you get out here in a field exercise Marines realize what they can actually do with a piece of equipment, Delphia said.

Combat engineers are capable of many things from building training areas to building forward operating bases and then deconstructing them.

“We are in charge of building and tearing down forward operating bases,” Delphia said.

Heavy equipment operators with Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division were in control of the building and deconstruction of the forward operating base and the breaching and clearing course.

Combat engineers move everything that the Marine Corps needs them to, from forks to heavy equipment, Delphia said.

“My favorite thing is that everyone has their own way of building or tearing down and it lets you build off of what people before you have done,” Delphia said. At the school for this Marines learn the basic techniques so when they hit the fleet they can expand their knowledge and sort of find their own way of doing things.

“When you get out here in training environments you get to use things you would in combat,” Delphia said.

Marines with Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division completed the one of the main objectives in finishing the breaching and clearing course September 12, 2013.
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