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Lance Cpl. Jarred Campbell, a machine gunner with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, fires the MK-19 automatic grenade launcher, April 2. This was the Colfax, Wash., native's first time firing the MK-19.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Justis T. Beauregard

Marines Train to Be First Line of Defense for Camp Leatherneck

6 Apr 2010 | Lance Cpl. Justis T. Beauregard

While laying down a hail of gunfire, 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion trained a new batch of Marines from various units April 2 to assist in maintaining the first line of defense for Camp Leatherneck.

The new group of Marines trained in two guard towers here firing the M-240G medium machine gun, the .50 caliber heavy machine gun and the MK-19 automatic grenade launcher.

The Marines will augment 3rd LAAD to help with defense of the base for two months, before they return to their units.

Some motivated "Devil Dogs" volunteered for the duty, while others were picked by their unit. The duty will be a break from the augments' normal daily routine. Marines came from many job fields from infantry to supply.

"This will be a good change of pace from being in the armory," said Lance Cpl. Zephan Knaas, an armorer for 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group.

Most enlisted Marines train with the M-240G during Marine Combat Training but some may have never had the opportunity to fire the .50-Cal or MK-19.

"This is good training for all the Marines here," said Cpl. Nicholas Jaime, an infantryman with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division.

Throughout the evolution, each Marine fired more than 150 rounds.

Service members here can sleep soundly knowing Marines are standing guard with some pretty heavy firepower and the training from 3rd LAAD to use it if they have to.


3rd Marine Aircraft Wing