CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
This afternoon, leaders with Business Executives for National Security, led by retired Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, president and CEO, BENS, concluded a three-day visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River to broaden relationships between Marine Corps Installations East, II Marine Expeditionary Force and industry leaders that are conducive to the exchange of information and ideas as it applies to new technology, program acquisitions and their impact on national security objectives.
MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune and II MEF leaders met with BENS on Wednesday to discuss current capabilities and future plans within MCIEAST and II MEF. While on base, BENS members viewed a wide array of new training facilities and technologies to include the G-36 Company Battle Course demonstration that uses robotic targets and shock absorbing concrete, the Gunfighter Gym, the Infantry Immersion Trainer and 3D printing capabilities.
On the final day of the visit, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing leaders met with BENS members on MCAS New River. Leaders discussed capabilities and viewed static displays of AH-1Z, UH-1Y, CH-53E, CH-53K and the MV-22B and later experienced the operation of these aircraft inside flight simulators.
“We were pleased to host leaders from Business Executives for National Security,” said the Commanding General for MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune Maj. Gen. Julian D. Alford. “They are departing with a greater understanding of the current capabilities of MCIEAST and II MEF, an enhanced appreciation of the Marine Corps’ future plans, and a willingness to continue engagement and apply best business practices to address our most pressing national security challenges.”