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II Marine Expeditionary Force

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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Black Sea Rotational Force Marines practice embassy reinforcement

By Cpl. Phillip R. Clark | | January 24, 2013

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Marines with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, hold back Marine role players that are attacking the mock embassy as an evaluator watches and grades them. Marines and sailors with Easy Company, and the 2013 iteration of the Black Sea Rotational Force conducted their first embassy reinforcement mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7.

Marines with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, hold back Marine role players that are attacking the mock embassy as an evaluator watches and grades them. Marines and sailors with Easy Company, and the 2013 iteration of the Black Sea Rotational Force conducted their first embassy reinforcement mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7. (Photo by Cpl. Phillip R. Clark)


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Marines with Easy Company, Black Sea Rotational Force 13, march to the front of the embassy preparing for the next scenario. Marines and sailors with Easy Company, and the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first embassy reinforcement mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7.

Marines with Easy Company, Black Sea Rotational Force 13, march to the front of the embassy preparing for the next scenario. Marines and sailors with Easy Company, and the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first embassy reinforcement mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7. (Photo by Cpl. Phillip R. Clark)


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Gunnery Sgt. Jose Marquez(middle), the company gunnery sergeant, with Easy Company, Black Sea Rotational Force 13, instructs the Marines on what to do in certain violent and non-violent scenarios. Marines and sailors with Easy Company, and the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first embassy reinforcement mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7.

Gunnery Sgt. Jose Marquez(middle), the company gunnery sergeant, with Easy Company, Black Sea Rotational Force 13, instructs the Marines on what to do in certain violent and non-violent scenarios. Marines and sailors with Easy Company, and the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first embassy reinforcement mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7. (Photo by Cpl. Phillip R. Clark)


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Marines with Easy Company, Black Sea Rotational Force 13, hold back Marine role players that are attacking the mock embassy. Marines and sailors with Easy Company, and the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first embassy reinforcement mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7.

Marines with Easy Company, Black Sea Rotational Force 13, hold back Marine role players that are attacking the mock embassy. Marines and sailors with Easy Company, and the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first embassy reinforcement mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7. (Photo by Cpl. Phillip R. Clark)


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Staff Sgt. Orlendo Saunders a platoon sergeant with Easy Company, Black Sea Rotational Force 13, inspects the Marines gear, and shows them where they should hold their shields in case of a riot. Marines and sailors with Easy Company, and the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first embassy reinforcement mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7.

Staff Sgt. Orlendo Saunders a platoon sergeant with Easy Company, Black Sea Rotational Force 13, inspects the Marines gear, and shows them where they should hold their shields in case of a riot. Marines and sailors with Easy Company, and the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first embassy reinforcement mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7. (Photo by Cpl. Phillip R. Clark)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --

Marines and sailors with Easy Company from the 2013 iteration of the Black Sea Rotational Force conducted their first embassy reinforcement mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7.

            The training consisted of dry and practice runs with the culminating event being an evaluation of their response to screaming crowds and riots.

            About 40 role players stood in a crowd screaming at the Marines in the simulated embassy as six Marine role players attacked the embassy.

 “The scenario is an embassy is being attacked and we are called in to support them,” said Cpl. Wesley Lanier, a team leader with Easy Co., BSRF-13  “Once at the embassy we help out any way we can whether it’s calming riots or talking to locals about what we can help with.”

The Marines  actions were observed  by 2nd Marine Regiment and Special Operation Training Group personnel who evaluated how the Marines  reacted to the commands of the riot squad leader.

“We’re doing really well with all the scenarios they are giving to us,” said Lanier. “We have non-violent protests where we try and calm the protestors down and violent protests where we have to use the quick reaction force to defend the embassy.”

After the Marines had calmed the crowd and defended the embassy they were talked to by their instructors and the evaluators talked about how they did a good job and how it would apply in a real world scenario.

 “The goal of embassy reinforcement is to help protect the embassy and all the personnel inside of it and the Marines are doing just that,” said Capt. Robert L. Long, the intelligence officer for 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.  Training like this is very important so the Marines can practice repetition and work out the kinks before they deploy in case they are called upon to reinforce an embassy.

            “We’re not all doing the same job. Every scenario they keep switching us around so we get proficient with all aspects of the training,” said Lanier. “And I think we are proficient and ready for the real thing.”

The Marines and sailors of BSRF-13 are preparing to deploy as the United States’ crisis contingency force in Eastern Europe.