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A Marine with 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, II Marine Headquarters Group, checks on his team members during a casualty evacuation drill on Camp Lejeune, N.C., during a Security Assistance Liaison Team training exercise to improve their ability to work with coalition forces, Dec. 10, 2015. The Security Assistance Liaison Team will support Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan under the authority of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2189. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexander Mitchell/released)

Photo by Cpl. Alexander Mitchell

Train and assist: II MEF team prepares for Afghanistan Operation Resolute Support

10 Dec 2015 | Cpl. Alexander Mitchell II Marine Expeditionary Force

The Security Assistance Liaison Team executed scenario-based realistic training for Operation Resolute Support.

“The SALT itself is running through a couple scenarios such as improvised explosive devices, enemy caches, and general support of collation forces in order to get them on track with tactics and maneuvers,” said Sgt. John Karol, the fire-power control team chief with 2nd ANGLICO.

The Marines focused on their ability to provide fire-support capabilities critical to coalition units.

“Our main purpose is to provide Marine Corps assets to coalition partners,” said Capt. Brett Erquitt, the fire-support officer for one of the teams with 2nd ANGLICO. “Many countries have those assets themselves but many don’t, so having a Marine Corps air asset in support of a coalition is quite a force multiplier.”

SALT is small and building up to a strong team with the help of the Marines currently within it.

“It’s the reality of man-power,” Erquitt said. “What guys have the legs to make it through the long work-up process and have the maturity to be able to function with very little supervision from either staff noncommissioned officers or commissioned officers. We need strong NCO’s, and that’s what we’re looking for.”