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An Amphibious Assault Vehicle with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion engages simulated enemy targets during a qualification course during Heavy Brigade Combat Team training at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 5, 2016. The training allows the unit to strengthen their working relationship and maintain weapons proficiency to remain being a reliable asset for amphibious operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samuel Guerra/Released)

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Always Tracking: 2nd AABn prepares for upcoming deployments

7 Apr 2016 | Cpl. Samuel Guerra II Marine Expeditionary Force

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJUENE, North Carolina – Marines with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion qualified and sustained vehicle proficiency during Heavy Brigade Combat Team training at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 4 - 14, 2016.
The purpose of this training was to evaluate the crews that will be operating the AAVP7A1 RAM/RS in preparation for an upcoming deployment to the Baltic Region this year.
“This type of training is extremely important for us,” said 1st Lt. David Perez, platoon commander for Bravo Company, 1st Platoon. “It gives key leaders the [opportunity to evaluate skills] among their Marines and prepare the platoon for potential live-fire engagements on foreign soil.”
The unit encountered an unexpected situation that temporarily interfered with their schedule.
“The heavy wind played the biggest challenge during our training today,” Perez said. “As Marines do best, we adapted to the situation by making necessary adjustments and [accomplishing the mission].”
Despite facing adverse weather conditions, the unit trained consistently and diligently to secure their position as a force multiplier for II Marine Expeditionary Force.
“Other units depend on our ability to support the overall scheme of maneuvering,” said Gunnery Sgt. Justin Crawn, platoon sergeant. “By providing accurate 40 millimeter and .50 caliber suppression, we help set conditions that allow our forces to destroy the enemy.”
With such an important role during a combat situation, the unit designed the training to reaffirm the vehicle crewmembers are prepared to employ their expertise in any combat scenario.
“With so many great leaders in the platoon, there is no doubt in my mind we can overcome any situation,” Crawn said. “It is our duty as Marines to accomplish the mission, no matter how difficult it may be.”

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