May 18, 2007

A machine gunner with Alpha company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division places linked 7.62mm ball rounds inside of an ammunition box before the companies combined arms training at Range 410A here, May 17, 2007. The mock scenario for the range is as follows: an enemy platoon has been entrenched in lightly fortified positions for several hours. The Alpha company platoons must advance on and clear the trenches. Their success or failure depends on the accuracy and withering fire provided by the machine gunners on ?the hill.? The machine gunners suppress the enemy, as the platoon advances on the trenches in order to close with the enemy.

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