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Lance Cpl. Zachary Shuster records confirmed data before and after each round is fired from a M777 howitzer aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, August 4, 2011. Shuster and the other Marines of Battery S, 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division endured the heat, humidity and rain storms of the field exercise conducted August 2-5.

Photo by Cpl. Timothy L. Solano

5/10 brings steel rain despite rising temps

5 Aug 2011 | Cpl. Timothy L. Solano

Sweltering heat and drenching humidity didn’t deter the Marines of 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division from training last week as they conducted a field exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, August 2-5, 2011.

Headquarters Battery, alongside firing batteries S and T conducted the four-day exercise at various gun positions and landing zones around the base. Timeliness and accuracy were the focus of the batteries’ training– a precedent emphasized by the battalion since its inception.

“Training to put rounds down in a timely and accurate manner allows the batteries to push forward to support whatever element needs them so they can maneuver as the mission and needs of the battalion dictate,” said 2nd Lt. Daniel Moore, battalion adjutant for 5/10. “It’s the reason we come out here and do this kind of training.”

Field exercises like these can improve the operational readiness of the battalion, but much can also be said for the mutual camaraderie formed when facing conditions like sleep deprivation and North Carolina weather patterns.

“The Marines truly enjoy the opportunity to train in the field as a unit,” said Lt. Col. Walker Field, commanding officer of 5/10. “The sergeant major and I are extremely proud of how hard these Marines have worked.”

Hard work involved much more than just relaying coordinates and putting rounds downrange, as the Marines of HQ Battery conveyed throughout the exercise. Communication had to be established, ammunition had to be transported, food and water were delivered and a battalion aid station was created.

The logistical elements were essential to the success of the training exercise, as it prepared the Marines for the unforeseen obstacles encountered on a combat deployment.

“This kind of training allows you to get your feet wet instead of just getting pushed into the deep end on deployment,” said Pfc. Jordan Steffey, a forward observer with HQ Batt. “It’s important to get out here and do this kind of stuff; any training is good training.”