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LTCOL MCCLAM, REGINALD J.
BN COMMANDING OFFICER / 3/8
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PHOTO LCPL RUIZ, ELLIJAH
CROPPED BY CPL RODRIGUEZ, RAFAEL
Sergeant Major Bradley Simmons, 8th Communication Battalion sergeant major
Corporal Jonathan Hoag, a squad leader with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, calls for close air-support from AH-64 Apache helicopters with Alpha Company, 1-501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division, overhead during close air-support training at Dona Anna training facility on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 24-26, 2014. Close air-support will be available to the battalion’s companies throughout training and sometimes during the Network Integration Exercise beginning in May. Squad leaders, platoon commanders, fire support team leaders, and joint fire observers were able to train with the helicopters for two days in preparation for use in upcoming training.
An AH-64 Apache helicopter with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division, hovers while supporting a close air-support training exercise with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Dona Anna training facility on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 24-26, 2014. Close air-support will be available to the battalion’s companies throughout training and sometimes during the Network Integration Exercise beginning in May. Squad leaders, platoon commanders, fire support team leaders, and joint fire observers were able to train with the helicopters for two days in preparation for use in upcoming training.
Two AH-64 Apache helicopters with Alpha Company, 1-501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division, maneuver into position during a close air-support training exercise with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Dona Anna training facility on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 24-26, 2014. Close air-support will be available to the battalion’s companies throughout training and sometimes during the Network Integration Exercise beginning in May. Squad leaders, platoon commanders, fire support team leaders, and joint fire observers were able to train with the helicopters for two days in preparation for use in upcoming training.
Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, prepare to load an amphibious assault vehicle to move to a town for a training exercise later that night on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 28, 2014. Marines moved into position under the cover of night over tough terrain to conduct an assault on a village in order to eliminate enemy forces occupying it. The village was key to future operations in the area and allowed control of Route Grey, a main route for coalition operations in the area.
Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, move under the cover of darkness during a training assault exercise on a village at Fort Bliss, Texas, April 28, 2014. Marines moved into position under the cover of night over tough terrain to conduct an assault on the village in order to eliminate enemy forces occupying it. The village was key to future operations in the area and allowed control of Route Grey, a main route for coalition operations in the area.
Lance Cpl. Danielle Aldrich, a landing support specialist with 2nd Combat Logistics Regiment, and Story City, Iowa native, directs a CH-47 Chinook with the 1st Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, during external lift operations at the Dona Anna training area on Fort Bliss, Texas, April, 7, 2014. As the inside director, Aldrich’s responsibility was to guide the helicopter so that it hovered over the cargo for pick-up.
A CH-47 Chinook, with the 1st Battalion, -501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team picks up a training Humvee during an external lift training exercise at the Dona Anna training area while supporting 2nd Combat Logistics Regiment Marines on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 7, 2014. With the Humvee, the Chinook performed a simple elevator lift, picking the vehicle straight up and then setting it back down.
Landing support Marines with 2nd Combat Logistics Regiment, Task Force 2-8 prepare to load a 1,000 pound load of tires on a CH-47 Chinook, with the 1st Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, during training at the Dona Anna training area on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 7, 2014.
A CH-47 Chinook, with the 1st Battalion, -501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team picks up 1,000 pounds of tires during a training exercise with 2nd Combat Logistics Regiment at the Dona Anna training area on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 7, 2014. The Army air unit and Marines performed a total of five lifts; one with a Humvee and four with the tires. The Humvee was a simple elevator lift, picking the cargo straight up and setting it down and the tires were flown in a pattern around the training area.
Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provide security during a training exercise at Range 62, on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 5, 2014. Marines attacked an objective as a squad covering more than 800 meters during one of the first training exercises conducted by America’s Battalion since arriving in Texas.
Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, move in a line towards the simulated enemy stronghold after defeating all enemy targets while conducting squad live-fire attacks on Range 62, on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 6, 2014.
Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, cross a trench while moving forward to assault the enemy during dry runs at Range 62, on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 5, 2014.
Lance Cpl. Allen Richmond, an automatic rifleman, with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provides cover for Marines moving forward while assaulting the enemy during mission rehearsals at Range 62, on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 5, 2014.
Bronx, N.Y., native Lance Cpl. Edwin Guaman, a team leader, with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, charges uphill with Marines while assaulting an objective during a rehearsal at Range 62, on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 5, 2014.
Reading, Penn., native Pfc. Cody Troxel, a machine gunner with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, fires his M240 Bravo machine gun during a live-fire exercise at Range 62, on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 6, 2014.
Reading, Penn., native Pfc. Cody Troxel, a machine gunner with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, runs to his position so he can provide suppressive fire for riflemen squads moving toward the mission objective during a live-fire exercise at Range 62, on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 6, 2014
Reading, Penn., native Pfc. Cody Troxel, a machine gunner with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, poses behind his M240 Bravo machine gun during a dry-run exercise at Range 62, on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 5, 2014. As a machine gunner, Troxel, also works with the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, the Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun, and the Mk-19 automatic grenade launcher.
Reading, Penn., native Pfc. Cody Troxel, a machine gunner with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, completes his weapon checks after setting up his M240 Bravo machine gun during a dry-fire training exercise at Range 62, on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 5, 2014. Even though the Marines were not shooting live ammunition, the Marines treated it as if they were in order to maintain safe habits when operating the weapon system.