Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
their focus on Iraq missions winding down, members of the 2nd
Battalion, 24th Marines (2nd, 24th), conducted an annual training
(Extended Combat Training) session at Fort McCoy to begin working on
skills they will need for future missions.
Marines from the 2nd Battalion,
24th Marines train on urban combat tactics during a scenario at
Fort McCoy’s Multipurpose Urban Training Site-North as part of
their annual training at the installation. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Solon McGill, the commander of the Golf Company, 2nd, 24th Marines,
said the light infantry unit spent its training at the installation
working on traditional guerilla warfare and other tactics they may
need in their next contingency mission.
of our personnel have served at least one tour in Iraq, and the
majority of the leadership has two tours there, with the last tour
ending in August (2008)," McGill said. "As we move away from
our Iraq focus, we’re training on things we learned in Iraq that we
can build upon and refreshing and refocusing on other skills we’ll
need to get ready for a variety of potential contingencies."
Marines did land navigation and night-vision goggles training, he
said. Then they conducted a three-day mission at the Fort McCoy
Offense/Defense facility and Multipurpose Urban Training Site-North
facilities to train on a moderate threat in an urban environment.
the same time, they were out in several training areas training on
tactics they would use in a remote or wooded area, he said.
training also included weapons firing and qualification.
come to train at Fort McCoy because it is the closest facility that
has a good variety of ranges and is accessible to the training we
need," McGill said. "It has both live-fire and non live-fire
Marines conduct a walk-through of
the urban combat training scenario. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Cpl. Joshua Rose of Golf Company of the 2nd, 24th said the Marines
share the knowledge they have learned from preparing for previous
deployments and service in Iraq, such as house-to-house combat and
McCoy has hills and mountainous terrain and urban training areas that
are similar to what we would encounter in Afghanistan," Rose
Jake Edwards of Golf Company of the 2nd, 24th said many of the junior
enlisted Marines had served in at least the prior deployment the unit
conducted in Iraq in 2008.
rehoning our skills in conventional warfare out in open and wooded
areas, as well as brushing up on our urban environment skills,"
Edwards said. "I haven’t had much on conventional warfare
skills since I was in the School of Infantry, which is similar to
the Advanced Individual Training Soldiers attend (after the initial
basic combat training)."
said many Marines in the unit also have gone beyond the basic Arabic
language skills offered to get a more in-depth knowledge of the
language and culture through military or civilian training, such as in
a college course.
and Rose said the additional training has helped the unit Marines
foster better relations with the local population during their tours
members are on the lookout for other such training opportunities that
can support and enhance any future missions they might receive, they
McCoy supports our mission by offering a little bit of everything that
a company-sized unit can train on," Edwards said. "It also
offers opportunities for each squad to work on specific tactics.