MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
The Marines with Headquarters Company, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, took advantage of a rare opportunity to head to the field for training Sept. 10-14.
“This training is rare for us to participate in, because the regiment is in place to support the battalion,” said Capt. Daniel Vasser, the officer in charge of the field exercise, and Littleton, Colo., native.
The multi-faceted training focused on Command Operations Center Training, Combat Lifesaver training and combat support to the regiment’s battalions.
“We’re simulating supporting battalions in the field,” said Vasser, “making sure that we have a fluid flow of information and are on top of our battle flow.”
The simulations were conducted in real-time by additional players located at the regimental headquarters. Company grade officers and clerks from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines; 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines and 1st Battalion, 9th Marines pushed events for the Marines in the field to react to.
Vasser said, an example would be that 1/9 will send us a message that one of their platoons is in contact and we have to react to it and make sure the information is getting where it needs to go so we can support those Marines.
In addition to the Command Operations Center simulation training, the Marines conducted convoy supply training. This entailed convoys to support other battalions in the field. The Marines also participated in Combat Lifesaver training, which covered basic and combat first aid.
“The training we have been doing has been progressive, we’ve covered things that many of these Marines haven’t been trained on since (Marine Combat Training),” said Hospitalman Justin Medley, a Fleet Marine Forces corpsman and Whitehouse, Tenn., native. “When we’re done this week, the Marines will all be Combat Lifesaver certified.”
The culmination of the CLS training included simulated casualty evacuations with the assistance of an MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365.
“Yesterday, we had a CH-53 support the training and today the Osprey,” said Capt. William Banham, the Headquarters Company commander, and Ferndale, Wash., native. “It’s been great to have the birds fly out here to support us.”
Banham said, the training was solid. “The Marines have performed well and have learned a lot. These Marines are not infantrymen by trade, but we have been reinforcing the ‘every Marine a rifleman’ concept throughout this whole exercise.”