Marines With Lima Company Conduct Patrol Base Exercise

Marines With Lima Company Conduct Patrol Base Exercise

A Marine with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment provides security after a patrol halt during an exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 22. The Marines conducted reconnaissance and security patrols to enhance their combat skills and readiness for future deployments. Photo by Cpl. Joshua W. Brown.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The Marine Corps may change, but the mission of the Marine Corps infantryman remains the same. In conflict, they close width and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuvering. While at home, they are constantly training for their next enemy encounter.

Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment conducted a patrol base exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 22.

The training presented basic challenges and scenarios typical of infantry missions. The Marines were tested on patrol and security operations, reconnaissance, and command and control of troops.

During the exercise, Lima Company established a centralized base and conducted reconnaissance and combat patrols, utilizing blank ammunition for simulated offensive and defensive maneuvers when encountered by an enemy force.

Platoons from other patrol bases represented friendly or enemy forces, so mock engagements were possible during the patrols. Marines were encouraged to maintain discipline and minimize brush destruction to better remain undetected from the other patrols.

"The training helps build discipline," said Sgt Timothy J. Padgett, a squad leader with the unit. "It makes them accountable for what they're doing as Marines. This type of training allows us as leaders to evaluate the Marines to ensure they engage targets the correct way and monitor how they maneuver through the brush."

Discipline was stressed throughout the exercise as the Marines utilized hand signals, posted security and moved around the terrain. 

According to Padgett, the training allowed noncommissioned officers to observe the junior Marines and discuss what they noticed. Padgett said the exercise was a perfect opportunity for teaching infantry tactics because many of the Marines have developed habits, both good and bad.

Padgett said correcting bad habits such as unnecessary movements and failure to maintain noise discipline is important because these types of practices could potentially impact the unit success. 

"This type of training makes Marines more technically and tactically proficient," said Padgett.

For LCpl Bryan E. Morgan, a rifleman with the Company, the training was vital to establishing teamwork within the platoon. 

"We're a new platoon, this is our first operation together," said Morgan. "We have a lot of guys who've only been in a few months, and this is the first training they've done with us. This exercise increased their experience, and was more informative than what we could get in a classroom or on paper."

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