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2016

2nd CEB sharpens their close-combat skills

By Lance Cpl. Damarko Bones, II Marine Expeditionary Force


Lance Cpl. Sawyer Day, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, reloads his weapon during a Combat Marksmanship Program qualification. Marines conduct these qualifications yearly in order to remain combat ready in case they are called upon at a moment's notice.
2nd CEB sharpens their close-combat skills
Lance Cpl. Sawyer Day, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, reloads his weapon during a Combat Marksmanship Program qualification. Marines conduct these qualifications yearly in order to remain combat ready in case they are called upon at a moment's notice.
Lance Cpl. Sawyer Day, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, fires at a target during a Combat Marksmanship Program qualification. Completed annually, this training helps Marines hone in on their skills as riflemen. The CMP shoot consists of a series of drills which make the Marine simulate close-range, fire and maneuver combat operations.
2nd CEB sharpens their close-combat skills
Lance Cpl. Sawyer Day, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, fires at a target during a Combat Marksmanship Program qualification. Completed annually, this training helps Marines hone in on their skills as riflemen. The CMP shoot consists of a series of drills which make the Marine simulate close-range, fire and maneuver combat operations.
Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion engage targets during a Combat Marksmanship Program qualification event at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 13. The CMP shoot is a yearly requirement which allows Marines to sharpen up their skills are combat marksmen. The shoot consists of a series of close range drills to enhance speed and accuracy.
2nd CEB sharpens their close-combat skills
Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion engage targets during a Combat Marksmanship Program qualification event at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 13. The CMP shoot is a yearly requirement which allows Marines to sharpen up their skills are combat marksmen. The shoot consists of a series of close range drills to enhance speed and accuracy.
Cpl. Albert Willis, a combat engineer with Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, fires at a target during a Combat Marksmanship Program qualification. Completed annually, this training helps Marines hone in on their skills as riflemen. The CMP shoot allows Marines to gain operate in simulated close-combat engagements which increase speed and accuracy.
2nd CEB sharpens their close-combat skills
Cpl. Albert Willis, a combat engineer with Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, fires at a target during a Combat Marksmanship Program qualification. Completed annually, this training helps Marines hone in on their skills as riflemen. The CMP shoot allows Marines to gain operate in simulated close-combat engagements which increase speed and accuracy.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- With every round sent down range, the Marines of 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion sharpened their skills as they completed close-range firing during a Combat Marksmanship Program qualification, Jan. 13, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. 

The CMP qualification is an integral part of the battalion’s effort to maintain readiness and also allows the Marines an opportunity to get hands-on time with the weapons.  

“As combat engineers, we’re here to support the infantry units, so we need to be [skillful] with our weapons,” said 2nd Lt. Joseph Bianca, a platoon commander with the unit. “We have to [hone] our marksmanship skills and keep improving on them.” 

The CMP qualification is a useful tool for accomplishing more than just increasing weapon skills.

“The CMP shoot enhances basic infantry skills by making the Marines shoot various events,” said Bianca. “The different courses of fire contained a portion in which you engage a target while moving toward it. This simulates a scenario where a Marine would have to move toward an enemy at close-range to engage him.”

Bianca added that this training helps develop basic rifleman skills similar to training infantrymen would conduct. 

It allows for better continuity between the infantry and the 2nd CEB when the time comes for them to offer their support on the ground.

Many of the Marines in the battalion agreed that close-range drills are an essential skillset for all Marines to have.

“Close-combat engagements are important to understand because when you’re within 500 meters of that target, you’re going to need to be accurate, precise, quick on the trigger and quick on the reload,” said Staff Sgt. Elliot Stamschror, a platoon sergeant with the unit. “That way, you can make sure it’s them and not you.”

This training is a key component in ensuring the battalion remains at optimal readiness.

"This type of training benefits the Marine Corps by allowing these Marines to continue to train every year and keep their skills honed and sharp, so that way we're ready to go whenever we're called upon," said Stamschror.

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