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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Sgt. Jesus Maldonado engages in conversation about radio equipment at the Pacific Views Events Center during the “Tactical & Technology Day” on Camp Pendleton April 20, 2016. This exhibition gives Marines an opportunity to present feedback to companies about their experience with equipment produced by the each organization. Maldonado is a training chief with the Comptroller’s office, 1st Marine Division, and is a Perth Amboy, N.J. native. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/ Not Released)

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I MEF hosts "Tactical & Technology" day

22 Apr 2016 | Cpl. Jonathan Boynes I Marine Expeditionary Force

Technology always has been a defining factor in how the world’s militaries fight wars and approach conflict, and the Marine Corps is no stranger to absorbing new tech to prepare for current and future conflicts. Part of making these technological strides involves building relationships and communicating with the companies that produce the equipment.

Most recently, I Marine Expeditionary Force hosted a “Tactical & Technology” day at the Pacific Views Conference Center on Camp Pendleton April 20, 2016.

The semi-annual tech exhibition offers mutual benefit to all parties involved. Companies that attend have the opportunity to market prospective technologies and troubleshoot current ones, while the Corps is able to explore cheaper, lighter, and more efficient ways to enable Marines to fight battles and win wars.

“The enemy will never stop evolving, and staying several steps ahead is what has always given the Marine Corps an advantage,” said 1st Lt. Carl Welch, a communications officer with 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. “When we are given exposure to new, updated technology, taking advantage of that opportunity is key to maintaining a strong force.”

More than 20 companies from around the country attended the event where they showcased their current and future technologies, offered hands-on demonstrations, and also received feedback from service members on their experiences with the products.

“This event helps start conversations that will educate folks on what’s new and upcoming,” said Heather Russell, an event manager with National Conference Services Incorporated. “It also allows companies that already have established a relationship with the Marine Corps to make changes based on user feedback.”

At its core, the Marine Corps is an expeditionary fighting force. Much of its strength comes from its ability to traverse through any climate or environment. Its ability to win battles and accomplish its missions is in part thanks to having light and portable gear, and the Corps will continue finding the most suitable technology to bolster its strength.

“I think the future is bright,” said Welch, a native of Port Orchard, Wash. “Seeing how this expo has opened new opportunities for the Marine Corps technologically has given me confidence that Marines will be prepared for whatever comes their way.”

In addition to the “Tactical & Technology” day, the Marine Corps will maintain the trend of adopting, assessing, and evaluating new technology during its Expeditionary Energy Concepts exhibition (E2C) on Camp Pendleton, May 3-5.

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