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II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC
Lejeune Marines receive counter-IED training

By Cpl. James W. Clark | II Marine Expeditionary Force | April 17, 2012

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Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, attended counter improvised explosive device awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment.

Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, attended counter improvised explosive device awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment. (Photo by Cpl. James W. Clark)


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Cpl. Ernest Tubbs, an instructor from Parsonsburg, Md., with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, teaches a class on the proper use of a mine detector during counter improvised explosive device awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment.

Cpl. Ernest Tubbs, an instructor from Parsonsburg, Md., with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, teaches a class on the proper use of a mine detector during counter improvised explosive device awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment. (Photo by Cpl. James W. Clark)


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Staff Sgt. Jamie Smith an instructor from Yadkinville, N.C., with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, demonstrates how to use an explosive ordnance disposal robot during counter improvised explosive device awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment.

Staff Sgt. Jamie Smith an instructor from Yadkinville, N.C., with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, demonstrates how to use an explosive ordnance disposal robot during counter improvised explosive device awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment. (Photo by Cpl. James W. Clark)


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A Marine with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, participates in counter improvised explosive device awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment.

A Marine with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, participates in counter improvised explosive device awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment. (Photo by Cpl. James W. Clark)


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Cpl. Benjamin Gottwald an instructor from Lake Ann, Mich., with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, demonstrates how to use an explosive ordnance disposal robot during counter improvised explosive device awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment.

Cpl. Benjamin Gottwald an instructor from Lake Ann, Mich., with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, demonstrates how to use an explosive ordnance disposal robot during counter improvised explosive device awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment. (Photo by Cpl. James W. Clark)


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Sgt. Mark Caulk an instructor from Pekin, Ill., with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, teaches a course on the different types of preasure plates and detonation devices most commonly used in improvised explosive devices, during counter IED awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment.

Sgt. Mark Caulk an instructor from Pekin, Ill., with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, teaches a course on the different types of preasure plates and detonation devices most commonly used in improvised explosive devices, during counter IED awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment. (Photo by Cpl. James W. Clark)


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Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, attend counter improvised explosive device awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment.

Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, attend counter improvised explosive device awareness training, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The training provided participants with a look at what tools and techniques are available to counter the threat of roadside bombs during deployment. (Photo by Cpl. James W. Clark)


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

The Marines and sailors of II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group participated in a counter-improvised explosive device training event, April 17, at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

During the exposition, the Marines made their way through a circuit, receiving instruction on new types of equipment and tactics available to overcome the ever present IED threat in Afghanistan. Marine and civilian instructors gave classes on metal detectors used to circumvent roadside bombs and demonstrated the uses of Explosive Ordnance Disposal robots.

Tables were littered with bomb triggers and containers used to hold shrapnel constructed out of materials ranging from wood to Styrofoam and clear plastic bottles. Although most of the devices looked more like a pile of trash than deadly weapons they sent a strong message about the resourcefulness of insurgents.

The target audience was the senior leadership of Camp Lejeune, the Marine Corps’ east coast deployment hub. The leaders’ decisions on the battlefield have potentially lasting and profound results, explained Cpl. Benjamin Gottwald, a sapper instructor from Lake Ann, Mich., who helped conduct the training.

“The awareness training was aimed at educating leaders on what new tools and tactics we’ve developed, so they can carry that knowledge forward when they deploy,” said Gottwald. “[The leadership] is who decides what gear we get, so if we can highlight what gear we need, there’s a chance our voices will be heard.”

The awareness training also instructed participants in insurgent tactics, training and procedures, informing the Marines about  which tools and tactics have been overcome by the enemy, and what can be done to stay ahead.

“We gave general understanding of things currently being done on deployment, both in regards to our devices, and to insurgent tactics,” explained Charles Tucker a civilian who works for the Marine Air Ground Task Force Engineer Center.

The training continued throughout the day, giving those present a glimpse of what is waiting for them on deployment.



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