CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina --
Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine
Regiment conducted a squad attack exercise on
range L-5 aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, July 28, 2015.
The training pushed three squads from the company’s 1st and
2nd platoons through the course. The Marines moved stealthily through the
woods, two machine gunners helped suppress a makeshift enemy position on the
range by providing suppressing fire.
“This training allows our squads to use support from Weapons
Platoon and work on their fire and maneuver,” said 1st Lt. Patrick Kolb, a
platoon commander with the unit.
The Marines began the training by gathering at an assembly
area before progressing toward the objective. As they approached the assault
point, the machine gunners fired at the targets, aiding the other Marines in taking
out the enemy.
Small-unit leadership and interoperability between the
different sections played a key role throughout the evolution.
“This really helps unit cohesion,” said Sgt. Robert Davis, a
squad leader with the unit. “It helps build the communication between the squad
leader and fire team leaders while also allowing us to work with other elements.”
By combining the skills of riflemen, assault men, mortar men
and machine gunners, and using the firepower from weapons like the
Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon,
the Marines feel confident in their ability to accomplish any mission at hand.
“We all have specialized jobs, and when we come together, we
can do those jobs better,” said Davis.
The Marines of Golf Company are staying prepared for future
training and potential real-world operations.
“This sets the conditions for us to conduct a night
live-fire with machine gunners shifting fire toward a moving element,” said
Kolb. “It also helps us prepare for our upcoming deployment with the Unit
After the last rounds had been shot, the Marines ran off the
battlefield, sweaty, tired and ready for what’s next to come.
“Like anything in the Marine Corps, you always have
somewhere to improve,” said Kolb. “This range allows everyone to leave feeling