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2016

Any clime, place: 3/2 Marines conduct DFT in snow

By Courtesy, II Marine Expeditionary Force


Combat engineers and assaultmen with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, march toward a Bangalore torpedo impact zone during a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Jan 28, 2016. The range was intended to ensure Marines maintain weapon systems proficiency while preparing them for their upcoming deployment to Okinawa, Japan.
Any clime and place: 3/2 Marines conduct DFT in snow
Combat engineers and assaultmen with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, march toward a Bangalore torpedo impact zone during a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Jan 28, 2016. The range was intended to ensure Marines maintain weapon systems proficiency while preparing them for their upcoming deployment to Okinawa, Japan.
Lance Cpl. Colin Smith, a combat engineer with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, replaces blasting caps on an improvised Bangalore during a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Jan. 28, 2016. Marines utilized the larger ranges Fort A.P. Hill offers to gain a more realistic combat training experience before deploying to Okinawa, Japan.
Any clime and place: 3/2 Marines conduct DFT in snow
Lance Cpl. Colin Smith, a combat engineer with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, replaces blasting caps on an improvised Bangalore during a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Jan. 28, 2016. Marines utilized the larger ranges Fort A.P. Hill offers to gain a more realistic combat training experience before deploying to Okinawa, Japan.
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, set up two-man tents during a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Jan. 29, 2016. Marines are required to retain knowledge of even the most basic survival skills to ensure they are prepared for any challenges they may face in their upcoming deployment to Okinawa, Japan.
Any clime and place: 3/2 Marines conduct DFT in snow
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, set up two-man tents during a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Jan. 29, 2016. Marines are required to retain knowledge of even the most basic survival skills to ensure they are prepared for any challenges they may face in their upcoming deployment to Okinawa, Japan.
Private First Class Bradlee Hodson, a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, sights in while on patrol during a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill., Va., Jan. 29, 2016. Although the temperature was below freezing, Marines still conducted multiple patrols to fine-tune their infantry tactics in unfamiliar terrain. The DFT is a requirement the unit completed for their upcoming deployment to Okinawa, Japan.
Any clime and place: 3/2 Marines conduct DFT in snow
Private First Class Bradlee Hodson, a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, sights in while on patrol during a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill., Va., Jan. 29, 2016. Although the temperature was below freezing, Marines still conducted multiple patrols to fine-tune their infantry tactics in unfamiliar terrain. The DFT is a requirement the unit completed for their upcoming deployment to Okinawa, Japan.
Private First Class Deondrez Lighty, a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, provides security during a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill Va., Jan. 29, 2016. Marines patrolled through the snow and woods to maintain squad proficiency in adverse weather conditions before deploying to Okinawa, Japan.
Any clime and place: 3/2 Marines conduct DFT in snow
Private First Class Deondrez Lighty, a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, provides security during a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill Va., Jan. 29, 2016. Marines patrolled through the snow and woods to maintain squad proficiency in adverse weather conditions before deploying to Okinawa, Japan.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- After six months of careful planning, more than 700 Marines from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, with attachments from 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and Combat Logistics Battalion 2, conducted a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Jan. 18 - Feb. 4, 2016. 

The DFT is designed to simulate operating in a deployed environment and to prepare the unit for any future contingencies they may encounter while deployed to Okinawa, Japan. However, the Marines chose to train at Fort A.P. Hill for a specific reason; larger training areas.

“These ranges afford the Marines [an opportunity] to fully prepare for what they are going to see at the Integrated Training Exercise and in combat,” said Capt. Mark Greenlief, the operations officer for the unit. “We were able to sit down with range control and design specific ranges that allow us to meet our training objectives.”

The large range, ‘28 Papa’, allowed the Marines to hone their combat tactics on a much greater scale. 

“We are able to do full platoon attacks out here,” said Lt. Col Sean Dynan, battalion commander of the unit. “This is a huge step for mission readiness.”

The Marines also faced an erratic opponent during the DFT; about two feet of snow poured on the unit during the exercise which interfered with their training schedule. 

“Dealing with [uncertainty] is important for any infantry battalion,” Dynan said. “I’m glad it happened to mine, because this will only make us better.”

The snow has not cooled the battalion’s desire to be an effective fighting force. Despite whatever obstacles the Marines stumbled across, they continued training to maintain mission readiness. 

“You do not waste a moment when it comes to preparing for combat,” Dynan said. “Being here together builds a stronger battalion.”

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