MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJUENE N.C --
Stepping through the doorway threshold with rifles at the ready, a fireteam of Marines with 3rd platoon, Company F, Anti-Terrorism Battalion, attached to 2nd Marine Division, clears the abandoned room with smooth efficiency. After confirming the room is secure, a Marine yells, “Four Marines exiting!” and with the polished and controlled proficiency of true professionals, the Marines exit – ready for the next room and any threat it might hold.
Room after room, fireteam after fireteam, this scene repeated itself as the Marines of Company F underwent the Basic Urban Skills Training course held at the Military Operations on Urban Terrain facility aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 7, 2011.
The BUST is a week-long course, covering a multitude of skills such as basic room-clearing techniques, fireteam movement on urban terrain and techniques for patrolling through an urban setting.
“These are essential skills for us to know,” said Cpl. David McDowell, a squad leader with 4th platoon, Company F. “Right now, we are selected as a quick reaction force for the Middle East and at any time we can find ourselves in an urban environment.”
The training is meant to help the Marines understand how to maneuver through an urban environment and feel comfortable in their ability to take on the enemy.
“This course gives the Marines skills that allow them to effectively take out the enemy and ultimately save Marine lives,” said Sgt. Andrew Simpler, a squad leader with 2nd platoon, Company F.
For the following weeks, each platoon from Company F will undergo the BUST course ensuring every Marine receives a firm grasp of the training.
“I believe the Marines are doing extremely well, and if they walk away with at least the basic fundamentals of urban warfare, I’ll be happy,” said Simpler.