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Preparing to march: 7th Marines conduct CALFEX

By Cpl. Julio McGraw, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, stage in the Blacktop training area during 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center April 6, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Preparing to March: 7th Marines conduct CALFEX
M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, stage in the Blacktop training area during 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center April 6, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Lance Cpl. Daniel Warren, rifleman, Company C, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, provides security in the Blacktop training area as part of the defensive portion of 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center April 6, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Preparing to March: 7th Marines conduct CALFEX
Lance Cpl. Daniel Warren, rifleman, Company C, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, provides security in the Blacktop training area as part of the defensive portion of 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center April 6, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
An M1 Assault Breacher Vehicle with Mobile Assault Company, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, drives to breach a berm in the Blacktop training area as an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, provides security during the offensive portion of 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center April 6, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Preparing to March: 7th Marines conduct CALFEX
An M1 Assault Breacher Vehicle with Mobile Assault Company, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, drives to breach a berm in the Blacktop training area as an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, provides security during the offensive portion of 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center April 6, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Lt. Col Andrew Nelson, commanding officer, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Col. William Vivian, commanding officer, 7th Marine Regiment, and Maj. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue, Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, receive a brief on the maneuver of forces during the defense portion of 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center April 6, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Preparing to March: 7th Marines conduct CALFEX
Lt. Col Andrew Nelson, commanding officer, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Col. William Vivian, commanding officer, 7th Marine Regiment, and Maj. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue, Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, receive a brief on the maneuver of forces during the defense portion of 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center April 6, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
An M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, prepares to move toward its objective in the Blacktop training area during 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center April 6, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Preparing to March: 7th Marines conduct CALFEX
An M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, prepares to move toward its objective in the Blacktop training area during 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center April 6, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Marines with Company C, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, plan their route during the offensive portion of 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center April 5, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Preparing to March: 7th Marines conduct CALFEX
Marines with Company C, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, plan their route during the offensive portion of 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center April 5, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Sergeant Maj. William Sowers, 1st Marine Division Sergeant Major, talks to Marines of 7th Marine Regiment during the regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, April 5, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Preparing to March: 7th Marines conduct CALFEX
Sergeant Maj. William Sowers, 1st Marine Division Sergeant Major, talks to Marines of 7th Marine Regiment during the regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, April 5, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Logistics Vehicle System Replacements with Combat Logistics Battalion 7, prepare to move equipment at the Lead Mountain training area during 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, April 5, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Preparing to March: 7th Marines conduct CALFEX
Logistics Vehicle System Replacements with Combat Logistics Battalion 7, prepare to move equipment at the Lead Mountain training area during 7th Marine Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, April 5, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
A High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle with 7th Marine Regiment stages at the Lead Mountain training area during the Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, April 5, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Preparing to March: 7th Marines conduct CALFEX
A High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle with 7th Marine Regiment stages at the Lead Mountain training area during the Regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, April 5, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Colonel William Vivian, commanding officer, 7th Marine Regiment, escorts Maj. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue, Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, to the Combat Operations Center in the Lead Mountain training area during the regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, April 5, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.
Preparing to March: 7th Marines conduct CALFEX
Colonel William Vivian, commanding officer, 7th Marine Regiment, escorts Maj. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue, Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, to the Combat Operations Center in the Lead Mountain training area during the regiment’s Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, April 5, 2016. CALFEX served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar 16, an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution.

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER, Twentynine Palms, Calif. -- As the largest combined arms, live-fire training facility in the Marine Corps, the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center has the responsibility of ensuring Marines remain a force in readiness. The installation does this by utilizing more than 1,100 square miles of training area to prepare forces up to a Marine Expeditionary Brigade-level for deployments.

7th Marine Regiment and elements of 1st Marine Division conducted a regimental combat team-sized, Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise April 5-6, 2016, which served as the kinetic portion of Desert Scimitar-16. 

Desert Scimitar is an annual 1st Marine Division training evolution. During the CALFEX, the two-day final exercise, consisted of offensive and defensive operations against a notional enemy, where 7th Marine Regiment provided command and control for RCT-7. The CALFEX is unique in that infantry regimental staffs do not regularly control armor, light armored reconnaissance, or artillery units. 

“The execution for the FINEX began April 5 when we crossed the line of departure with Company C, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, who conducted a zone reconnaissance,” said Capt. Matthew Pederson, assistant operations officer, 7th Marines. “The entire RCT focused on the fundamentals of offensive and defensive operations to integrate combined arms with maneuver.”

‘Magnificent Seventh’ commanded RCT-7 through the Lead Mountain and Blacktop training areas. RCT-7 was comprised of various 1st Marine Division units to include: 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment; 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment; Company C, 3rd LAR; Company B, 1st Tank Battalion; and Battery S, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, who came together to make up the Ground Combat Element. Combat Logistics Battalion 7 supported the GCE as the Logistics Combat Element for the exercise. 

“The exercise force conducted individual unit training, which began a week prior to the FINEX,” Pederson said. “[We gave the mission to] Task Force 3/7, which included tanks and amtraks, they continued to the Blacktop Strongpoint to seize the regimental objective with artillery support from 3/11 and Sierra Battery, 5/11.”

According to Col. William Vivian, commanding officer, 7th Marines, the exercise is important for the regiment. After returning from the Special Purpose MAGTF-Crisis Response deployment to the Central Command area of operation, the regiment was assigned to 1st MEB and they used this exercise to practice their core skills. 1st Marine Division reassigned ‘Magnificent Seventh’ as the mechanized regiment for the Marine Corps and the regiment used this opportunity to refresh their skills in that area.

“Overall it was a great exercise,” Vivian said. “The Marines worked hard and they showed improvement everyday across the RCT. Before, we weren’t sure what we had, but now we do. I couldn’t be happier with the improvement that went on and we are definitely better prepared for anything that lies ahead.”



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