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4th LAR completes final exercise in Trident Juncture 2015

By Cpl. Gabrielle Quire, Marine Corps Forces Africa


A Light Armored Vehicle attached to 4th LAV Battalion, 4th Marine Division, sits on the horizon during exercise Trident Juncture 2015 in Almería, Spain, Oct. 30, 2015. The exercise provided an opportunity for Reserve Marines to gain experience within their military occupational specialty and demonstrates their readiness in conjunction with other foreign nationals.
4th LAR Conducts Final Exercise in Trident Juncture 2015
A Light Armored Vehicle attached to 4th LAV Battalion, 4th Marine Division, sits on the horizon during exercise Trident Juncture 2015 in Almería, Spain, Oct. 30, 2015. The exercise provided an opportunity for Reserve Marines to gain experience within their military occupational specialty and demonstrates their readiness in conjunction with other foreign nationals.
Lance Cpl. Mitchell Davidson, a light armored reconnaissance vehicle gunner with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, helps get his vehicle up and running during exercise Trident Juncture 2015 at Alverez de Sotomayor in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015. Trident Juncture is the largest NATO exercise to take place within the past 10 years, with over 5,000 U.S. troops participating, along with more than 36,000 troops from more than 30 different nations.
4th LAR Conducts Final Exercise in Trident Juncture 2015
Lance Cpl. Mitchell Davidson, a light armored reconnaissance vehicle gunner with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, helps get his vehicle up and running during exercise Trident Juncture 2015 at Alverez de Sotomayor in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015. Trident Juncture is the largest NATO exercise to take place within the past 10 years, with over 5,000 U.S. troops participating, along with more than 36,000 troops from more than 30 different nations.
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division scout for enemy positions during their final exercise for Trident Juncture 2015 at Alvarez de Sotomayor in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015. Though the British Royal Marines served as the opposing force during the exercise, it allows both sides to learn about each other’s tactics, techniques and operating procedures.
4th LAR Conducts Final Exercise in Trident Juncture 2015
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division scout for enemy positions during their final exercise for Trident Juncture 2015 at Alvarez de Sotomayor in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015. Though the British Royal Marines served as the opposing force during the exercise, it allows both sides to learn about each other’s tactics, techniques and operating procedures.
Spain- Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, conduct field operations against the British Royal Marines during Trident Juncture 2015 at Alvarez de Sotomayor in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015. Though the British Royal Marines served as the opposing force during the exercise, it allows both sides to learn about each other’s tactics, techniques and operating procedures.
4th LAR Conducts Final Exercise in Trident Juncture 2015
Spain- Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, conduct field operations against the British Royal Marines during Trident Juncture 2015 at Alvarez de Sotomayor in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015. Though the British Royal Marines served as the opposing force during the exercise, it allows both sides to learn about each other’s tactics, techniques and operating procedures.
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, report the enemy’s position during their final exercise for Trident Juncture 2015 at Alverez de Sotomayor in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015. The Marines conducted field exercises to improve upon their own skills and build interoperability between NATO allies.
4th LAR Conducts Final Exercise in Trident Juncture 2015
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, report the enemy’s position during their final exercise for Trident Juncture 2015 at Alverez de Sotomayor in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015. The Marines conducted field exercises to improve upon their own skills and build interoperability between NATO allies.
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, lookout for the enemy during night exercises for Trident Juncture 2015 at Alverez de Sotomayor in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015. Though the British Royal Marines served as the opposing force during the exercise, it allows both sides to learn about each other’s tactics, techniques and operating procedures.
4th LAR Conducts Final Exercise in Trident Juncture 2015
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, lookout for the enemy during night exercises for Trident Juncture 2015 at Alverez de Sotomayor in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015. Though the British Royal Marines served as the opposing force during the exercise, it allows both sides to learn about each other’s tactics, techniques and operating procedures.
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, convoy during their final exercise in Trident Juncture, Oct. 28, 2015. The simulated exercise taught the Marines each other’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to seek improvement as well as build interoperability among the warfighters.
4th LAR Conducts Final Exercise in Trident Juncture 2015
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, convoy during their final exercise in Trident Juncture, Oct. 28, 2015. The simulated exercise taught the Marines each other’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to seek improvement as well as build interoperability among the warfighters.
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, conceal their Light Armored Vehicle during their final exercise in Trident Juncture 2015 in Almería, Spain, Oct. 30, 2015. The simulated exercise taught the Marines each other’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to seek improvement as well as build interoperability among the warfighters.
4th LAR Conducts Final Exercise in Trident Juncture 2015
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, conceal their Light Armored Vehicle during their final exercise in Trident Juncture 2015 in Almería, Spain, Oct. 30, 2015. The simulated exercise taught the Marines each other’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to seek improvement as well as build interoperability among the warfighters.
Scouts for 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division navigate down steep, rocky terrain in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015, during the final exercise for Trident Juncture 2015. The scouts provide surveillance to the Marines manning the vehicles as well as provide reconnaissance on safe routes to travel and maneuver.
4th LAR Conducts Final Exercise in Trident Juncture 2015
Scouts for 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division navigate down steep, rocky terrain in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015, during the final exercise for Trident Juncture 2015. The scouts provide surveillance to the Marines manning the vehicles as well as provide reconnaissance on safe routes to travel and maneuver.
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, simulate a casualty evacuation during exercise Trident Juncture 2015 in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015. The exercise provided an opportunity for Reserve Marines to gain experience within their military occupational specialty and demonstrates their readiness in conjunction with other foreign nationals.
4th LAR Conducts Final Exercise in Trident Juncture 2015
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, simulate a casualty evacuation during exercise Trident Juncture 2015 in Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015. The exercise provided an opportunity for Reserve Marines to gain experience within their military occupational specialty and demonstrates their readiness in conjunction with other foreign nationals.
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, conduct reconnaissance during their final exercise in Trident Juncture, Oct. 31, 2015. The simulated exercise taught the Marines each other’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to seek improvement as well as build interoperability among the warfighters.
4th LAR Conducts Final Exercise in Trident Juncture 2015
Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, conduct reconnaissance during their final exercise in Trident Juncture, Oct. 31, 2015. The simulated exercise taught the Marines each other’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to seek improvement as well as build interoperability among the warfighters.
ALMERIA, Spain -- U.S. Marines of 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion completed their final exercise for Trident Juncture 2015 in Alvarez de Sotomayor, a Spanish military training area north of Almería, Spain, Oct. 31, 2015.

Marines faced off with British Royal Marines with simulated opposition forces for three days. The training taught the Marines each other’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to seek improvement among the warfighters. 

“We’ve been conducting training with the British Royal Marines and doing some of our own training within the unit itself, getting used to the terrain and trying out different tactics that we haven’t had the opportunity to do in the states,” said Cpl. Benjamin Atha, light armored vehicle driver, 4th LAR, 4th Marine Division.

“It’s about supporting the security mission within the greater NATO community and reinforcing the notion to our allies that we’re here when the need arises,” said Staff Sgt. David Campbell, platoon sergeant, 4th LAR.
The ability to communicate and understand how each other’s militaries operate plays a large role in the exercise. 

“The Spanish were very helpful, especially in our road march here from Rota,” said Sgt. Kyle Foster, scout team leader for 4th LAR Bn. “They gave us everything we needed including logistics and it was a great experience working with them.”

The exercise provided an opportunity for Reserve Marines to gain experience within their military occupational specialty and demonstrates their readiness and proficiency with NATO allies.

“In the reserves, we’re typically not doing this every day,” said Atha. “This is a good test to see how well we can just hop on a plane and go somewhere we need to be and get to work without any problems.”

Trident Juncture is the largest NATO exercise in more than 10 years with more than 5,000 U.S. service members participating along with 36,000 troops from more than 30 nations. The exercise support training for the NATO Response Force and to demonstrate NATO’s ability to respond to threats.

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