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Marines with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, lay down suppressive fire, allowing a breacher in their team to plant an improvised bangalore torpedo by concertina wire during a rocket shoot and fire team assault training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 16, 2015. The overall goal of the training was to expose the Marines to multiple weapons systems and provide them with the experience needed to employ them in deployed environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Devan Gowans/Released)

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Blitz and Breach; Recon Marines clear the way

16 Sep 2015 | Pfc. Devan Gowans 1st Marine Division

Marines with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division conducted a breach and assault training Sept. 16, 2015 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. This training was conducted as a means of developing their general familiarity with a variety of different battle situations.

The overall goal of the training was to expose Marines to different weapons systems and provide them with experience necessary to employ them in deployed environments.

Marine teams took to a hill overlooking a firing range and simulated an enemy contact scenario by delivering suppressive fire to downrange targets with rifles and an AT4 rocket launcher.

While one team provided suppressive fire, another team escorted a Marine armed with an improvised bangalore torpedo, used for clearing pathways through wires and minefields, and maneuvered around the engagement point to charge up range. Once the charge was placed by the wire obstacles and the timed fuse was lit, the Marines moved back to the firing line and awaited the explosion.

“In this particular course of training, we’ve completed breaching, rocket, and grenade battle drills,” said Capt. Morgan Jordan, commander of 1st platoon with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. “Our main objective is to apply these exercises to ground combat scenarios.”

A thorough step-by-step process was taken in order to allow individual Marines adequate exposure to weapons systems outside of their standard designated arsenal.

“We’ve learned a lot since we’ve been here on the range,” said Lance Cpl. Scott Hunt, a breacher with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Bn. “From moving with your team to shooting together as a platoon, completion of the mission is our focus. This training has helped us become familiar with new ways to complete that mission.”

While the Marines implemented many weapons systems on the firing range, an underlying benefit of the training was the concept of suppressive fire.

“While we’re out here, we’re driving home the concept of maneuvering under fire with suppression from teammates,” said Jordan. “We want them to understand that maneuvering without suppression is suicide and suppression without maneuver is just a waste of ammunition.”

The battlefield is an environment that requires essential tools for the completion of many different missions and the Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Bn. are applying skills necessary to be prepared, inclusively strengthening their combat readiness and efficiency.