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2nd Recon Bn maintains grenade proficiency

By Sgt. Clemente Garcia, II Marine Expeditionary Force

A Marine throws an M67 fragmentation grenade during a grenade range at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 31, 2017. The training helped Marines build trust and confidence in each other by refining the skills needed to operate in a combat environment. The Marines are with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion.
2nd Recon Bn maintains grenade proficiency
A Marine throws an M67 fragmentation grenade during a grenade range at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 31, 2017. The training helped Marines build trust and confidence in each other by refining the skills needed to operate in a combat environment. The Marines are with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion.
Capt. Aaron D. Foote briefs the Marines after a grenade range at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 31, 2017. The training built Marines’ confidence in employing the M67 fragmentation grenade pre-deployment package to starting their workup for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Foote is a platoon commander with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion.
2nd Recon Bn maintains grenade proficiency
Capt. Aaron D. Foote briefs the Marines after a grenade range at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 31, 2017. The training built Marines’ confidence in employing the M67 fragmentation grenade pre-deployment package to starting their workup for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Foote is a platoon commander with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion.
Marines take cover after throwing an M67 fragmentation grenade during a grenade range at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 31, 2017. The training prepares Marines for world-wide deployment by building their confidence with the weapon system. The Marines are with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion.
2nd Recon Bn maintains grenade proficiency
Marines take cover after throwing an M67 fragmentation grenade during a grenade range at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 31, 2017. The training prepares Marines for world-wide deployment by building their confidence with the weapon system. The Marines are with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion.
An M67 fragmentation grenade explodes after being thrown by a Marine during a grenade range at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 31, 2017. The training built Marines’ confidence in employing the weapon system prior to starting their pre-deployment package for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Marines are with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion.
2nd Recon Bn maintains grenade proficiency
An M67 fragmentation grenade explodes after being thrown by a Marine during a grenade range at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 31, 2017. The training built Marines’ confidence in employing the weapon system prior to starting their pre-deployment package for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Marines are with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion.
Marines yell, “frag out!” and take cover as 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion conducted weapons training with the M67 fragmentation grenade at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 31, 2017.

The intent of the grenade range was to provide Marines with the necessary knowledge and skills to employ the weapon system safely and proficiently. This sustainment training was conducted prior to starting their pre-deployment package for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

The day began with the Marines testing their skills with M69 practice grenades to prove an understanding of safety procedures and proper techniques.

“Having a live grenade in your hand is a little stressful,” said Cpl. Shawn M. Leclair, a reconnaissance Marine with the unit. “You want to get the tactics down, so that way you’re not messing up with an actual grenade in your hand.”

Once they proved proficiency and confidence with the practice grenades, the Marines moved on to the real thing.

“This training definitely built up our guys’ confidence,” said Capt. Aaron D. Foote, a platoon commander with the unit. “You don’t want to have any doubt in your mind when you go down range and throw a grenade at the enemy. You need to have absolute confidence that you can employ that weapon correctly.”

Overall, the training helped prepare the Marines for the upcoming MEU by having hands-on training with weapons they do not handle every day. This helps get them in a combat mindset and build confidence in their fellow Marines.

“When something goes down in combat, you want this to be muscle memory,” Leclair said. “Doing training like this really embeds it in your head, so when the time does come you can be there for your team.”

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