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II Marine Expeditionary Force

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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Black Sea Rotational Force Marines go to the field for noncombatant evacuation operations

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

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Staff Sgt. Jacquelyn Gibson, a delivery chief with the Black Sea Rotational Force 13, shows a role player where the administration tent is so she can proceed to the next stage. Marines and sailors with the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first noncombatant evacuation mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7.

Staff Sgt. Jacquelyn Gibson, a delivery chief with the Black Sea Rotational Force 13, shows a role player where the administration tent is so she can proceed to the next stage. Marines and sailors with the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first noncombatant evacuation mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7. (Photo by Cpl. Phillip R. Clark)


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Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Sanders, a hospital corpsman with Black Sea Rotational Force 13, and an Elizabeth City, N.C., native, uses an interpreter to check the medical health of a detainee. Marines and sailors with the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first noncombatant evacuation mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Sanders, a hospital corpsman with Black Sea Rotational Force 13, and an Elizabeth City, N.C., native, uses an interpreter to check the medical health of a detainee. Marines and sailors with the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first noncombatant evacuation mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7. (Photo by Cpl. Phillip R. Clark)


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Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Sanders, a hospital corpsman with the Black Sea Rotational Force13 and an Elizabeth City, N.C., native, helps a role player, who has a mock injury, onto a stretcher going to the medical aid station. Marines and sailors with the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first noncombatant evacuation mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Sanders, a hospital corpsman with the Black Sea Rotational Force13 and an Elizabeth City, N.C., native, helps a role player, who has a mock injury, onto a stretcher going to the medical aid station. Marines and sailors with the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first noncombatant evacuation mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7. (Photo by Cpl. Phillip R. Clark)


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Lance Cpl. Joshua Poole, a motor transport mechanic with the Black Sea Rotational Force 13, searches a bag for contraband during the screening station of the mock Evacuation Control Center. Marines and sailors with the 2013 iteration of BSRF-13 conducted their first noncombatant evacuation mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7.

Lance Cpl. Joshua Poole, a motor transport mechanic with the Black Sea Rotational Force 13, searches a bag for contraband during the screening station of the mock Evacuation Control Center. Marines and sailors with the 2013 iteration of BSRF-13 conducted their first noncombatant evacuation mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7. (Photo by Cpl. Phillip R. Clark)


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Sgt. Johnny Navarro, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Black Sea Rotational Force 13’s administration section, checks in mock evacuees and directs them to their mock living quarters. Marines and sailors with the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first noncombatant evacuation mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7.

Sgt. Johnny Navarro, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Black Sea Rotational Force 13’s administration section, checks in mock evacuees and directs them to their mock living quarters. Marines and sailors with the 2013 iteration of BSRF conducted their first noncombatant evacuation 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 the 2013 iteration of the Black Sea Rotational Force conducted their first noncombatant evacuation mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7.

            The training consisted of dry runs and practice with the culminating event being an evaluation of the simulated evacuation control center where about 40 role playing civilians were evacuated during a simulated crisis.

The training went very smooth and even the role players were impressed with the timeliness and execution of the exercise.

“I spent seven to eight years in a refugee camp as a kid with barely anything to call my own, not even a pair of shoes, before I left my country, because of a civil war,” said Samuel Johnson, a role player from Marietta, Ga. “I know the feeling of going through an ECC, because I lived it and I was very impressed at how well the Marines took care of us and made sure we had everything we needed in the scenario.”

The Marines knew they were a part of a simulated ECC, but they didn’t know what the role players had whether it was contraband or a simulated sickness that the Marines had to identify and handle appropriately.

“I came through the scenario with my whole family and there were a few bumps were my parents got mad at each other, because I was sick,” said Johnson. “Once we came through the medical screening portion though, I was given medicine by the doctors so that I could get better, and it was a great help that they took care of us quickly so I could get better.”

After the BSRF Marines moved the role players through the evacuation control center they got a chance to see what they needed to work on as they performed their after action report.

 “The scenario went really well since this was the first time the Marines were being evaluated on their performance,” said Capt. Robert L. Long, the intelligence officer for 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. “With the role players also doing a great job, as the realism for the training was as close as we could get without having to go to another country and do the real thing.”

            Training like this is very important so the Marines can practice repetition and work out the kinks before they deploy.

            “Our job as Marines is to be able to complete any task given to us and do it proficiently,” said Long. “And these Marines have done exactly that from what I have seen with these exercises.”

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