APRIL 4, 2017, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 25 conducted a series of combat convoy exercises at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 29 and 30, 2017.
The combat convoy was part of a larger event, the CLR-25 Headquarters Command Post Exercise, that lasted two weeks.
The exercises were designed to train Marines on scenarios they may encounter in a deployed environment. The Marines that made up the CPX were of different military occupational specialties such as supply clerks, motor transportation operators and maintenance management.
“You always have to be prepared for when the enemy attacks. We are practicing immediate action drills for when we find an improvised explosive device, a truck of ours gets hit, and when or if we come across the enemy. We have to know what to do in these situations; we have to be prepared,” said Pfc. Zachary Goebel, a motor transportation operator with CLR-25.
The Marines conducted simulated convoys and also a live-fire drill from the turrets of Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement trucks with M240B machine guns and M2 Browning .50-caliber machine guns for the culminating event of CLR-25 HQ’s CPX. Marines demonstrated their skills to prove they were ready to perform in real world circumstances.
“Exercises like this help with combat readiness because we are always ready, and we are always prepared to strike on the fly,” said Goebel. “We are always using the skills we learned to better ourselves.”
By Courtesy Story, II Marine Expeditionary Force