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Marines fire an M777 howitzer at simulated enemy positions during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 28, 2017. The Marines conducted the MCCRE to maintain readiness for future operations. The Marines are with 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Taylor W. Cooper)

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Combat Effective: 1/10 conducts Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation

3 Oct 2017 | Lance Cpl. Taylor W. Cooper 2nd Marine Division

Marines with 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment shot rounds down range while participating in a Marine Corps Combat Evaluation at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Sept. 28, 2017.

The MCCRE is designed to test how Marines tested marines to establish how they would perform under the stress and time constraints in a deployed environment.

“Its important training for Bravo Battery,” said 1st Lt. Matthew Holliday, the executive officer for the battery. “Our Marines need to be ready to surpass the standards in this evaluation so when they go down range, they will accomplish the mission with the best possible results.”

MCCREs are crucial training for Marines, allowing them to practice real-world scenarios and also avoid complacency.

Marines are evaluated on how well they can do their job, meeting time and readiness standards to show the evaluators they can promptly set up and begin firing, or break down and quickly move positions.
The battery began by securing a firing position to fire at simulated enemy positions.

To mimic what the Marines might have to do in a forward environment, the battery rapidly broke down their position and moved to another gun position further away. Changing firing positions ensures that the enemy can never have a solid plan of attack. The Marines participated in the training to prepare for upcoming deployments.

“The Marines are doing an amazing job,” said Sgt. Pedro Lopez, a section leader with the battery. “They are definitely not the same Marines from day one; they have learned and improved their skills, they are always motivated and I could not ask for a better group.”

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