Camp Lejeune, North Carolina --
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, conducted
an observation lanes sweep during improvised explosive lane sweep training
aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Sept. 03, 2015.
Approximately 61 Marines participated in the training that
tested their ability to locate hidden IEDs in a combat environment. Throughout the
training, the Marines were allowed to use three types of searches–a detailed,
hasty or deliberate–to aid them in their mission.
An IED is a type of explosive device that is made of
improvised material and used to distract, incapacitate or destroy an opposing
enemy and is usually hidden. In Iraq and Afghanistan, IEDs have caused more
casualties than any other weapon.
“IEDs are not just a specific threat to Iraq or
Afghanistan,” said Mr. George Frick, a team leader for the counter IED training.
“We understand now that IEDs are a global threat, and with the training that we
provide (the Marines), they are able to better find, locate and deal with the
IEDs that they are finding while on a deployment.”
The training started with the Marines standing behind a line
that represented their base line and observed the area in front of them,
looking for simulated IEDs that the instructors had placed in the field. The
objective of the training was for the Marines to locate all possible IEDs
without using any type of equipment.
After the Marines located the simulated IEDs closest to
them, they were then allowed to use equipment to aid them in finding the rest. They
used their advanced combat optical gun sight on their weapons, which allow them
to see up to four times the distance, and binoculars, which allow them to see
up to eight times the distance.
When the Marines were done finding all possible simulated
IEDs in the field, they conducted a patrol of a trail to locate any other indicators
of IEDs in the area.
“Nowadays, our main enemies are IEDs,” said Pfc. Tyler
Fulton, an artilleryman going through the training. “Being able to identify
them will aid us in preventing casualties.”