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Base Marines sharpen battle skills with urban combat training

The Marine Corps is known as the nation’s 911 force, therefore, Marines must remain battle ready at all times; whether they are attached to a deployable unit or not.

Headquarters & Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is a non-deployable unit that conducted pre-deployment Military Operations on Urban Terrain training, April 26-30, to keep its Marines’ skills sharp.

“Fundamentally, all Marines are riflemen,” said Col. Philippe D. Rogers, commanding officer, H&S Battalion, MCB Camp Pendleton. “This training will help them better understand basic combat principles.”

Urban warfare experts led the three-week training evolution, with the mission to provide Marines with the tactics and tools necessary to fight in an urban environment.

“This course is a good refresher to remind us of what Marines do,” said Sgt. James A. Mabe, administrative clerk, Marine Corps Installations West.

This exercise is only one portion of the overall ULC curriculum that prepares Marines for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, said Sgt. Ryan C. Visket, instructor, Urban Leaders Course, 1st Marine Division.

Participants of the course learned assault and room-clearing techniques and utilized simulated rounds, similar to paintball, during small unit tactical exercises.

“The training also focused on leadership,” said Gunnery Sgt. Eric L Froboese, staff non-commissioned officer in charge of the event, HQSPT Bn., MCB Camp Pendleton. “The goal is for Marines to revert to their training should a situation arise.”

At the conclusion of the training, participants are MOUT certified, which means they are better prepared for any possible deployments.

“I try my best to engage my Marines in any kind of training available,” said Rogers. “Camp Pendleton offers a lot, and it’s a shame if we don’t take advantage of all of it.”

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