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Soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment Scout Sniper Program move out on a patrol through an area with mock enemies to practice breaking contact drills during an abbreviated scout sniper course, instructed by U.S. Marine Corps instructors, during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016 Break contact drills are important as sniper teams are typically small, with limited firepower and ammunition. During break contact drills, the team moves to a location where the enemy cannot observe and fire upon them.
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Soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment Scout Sniper program get on line with each other to provide cover-fire during a walk-through of a break contact drill during an abbreviated scout sniper course instructed by Marine Corps scout sniper instructors during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise focused on the strengthening of amphibious operations between the U.S. Marine Corps and the JGSDF. Small scout sniper teams can be used prior to an amphibious assault to gather reconnaissance and eliminate key targets.
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United States Marine Corps Sgt. Mason Wilhelmy, a scout sniper instructor with 1st Marine Division Schools, discusses the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment’s Scout Sniper program with Sgt. First Class Kusumato at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. The two talked about different techniques and methods used to conduct tactical and speed ammunition reloads during an abbreviated scout sniper course at Exercise Iron Fist 2016.The abbreviated scout sniper course gave the U.S. Marines and JGSDF soldiers the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge and increase camaraderie between the Marine Corps and JGSDF.
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United States Marine Corps Sgt. Mason Wilhelmy, scout sniper instructor, 1st Marine Division Schools, assists a soldier of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment’s Scout Sniper program with proper pistol grip during an abbreviated scout sniper course, instructed by Marine Corps scout sniper instructors, during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise designed to improve the Marine Corps and JGSDF’s ability to plan, communicate and conduct combined amphibious operations. Operating in small teams, scout snipers can be used to conduct reconnaissance and eliminate targets prior to an amphibious assault.
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United States Marine Corps Sgt. Mason Wilhelmy, a scout sniper instructor with 1st Marine Division Schools, tries on a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Western Army Infantry Regiment soldier’s flak jacket during a scout sniper course at Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Iron Fist affords the Marines and JGSDF soldiers the opportunity to share their experience and knowledge while increasing camaraderie between the U.S. Marine Corps and JGSDF.
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Soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment Scout Sniper program assist a fellow soldier as he tries on a U.S. Marine Corps flak jacket during an abbreviated scout sniper course, instructed by Marine Corps Scout Sniper instructors, during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Iron Fist affords U.S. Marines and JGSDF soldiers the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge as they train alongside each other.
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Soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment Scout Sniper program sprint to a new position while conducting break contact drills during an abbreviated scout sniper course at Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious assault exercise focused on the strengthening of amphibious operations between the U.S. Marine Corps and the JGSDF. Small scout sniper teams can be used prior to an amphibious assault to conduct reconnaissance and eliminate key targets.
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A soldier of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Western Army Infantry Regiment’s Scout Sniper program takes notes as U. S. Marine Corps scout sniper instructors review the team’s performance in the break contact evolution of an abbreviated scout sniper course held during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Iron Fist affords the Marines and JGSDF soldiers the opportunity to share their experience and knowledge and increase camaraderie between the two organizations.
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Sergeant 1st Class Yusuke Irie of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Western Army Infantry Regiment watches as U. S. Marine Corps Sgt. Mason Wilhelmy, a scout sniper instructor with 1st Marine Division Schools, gets a hands-on review of the JGSDF weapons during an abbreviated scout sniper course held during Exercise Iron Fist 2016, on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. The course offers the U.S. Marines and JGSDF soldiers the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge and increase camaraderie between the Marine Corps and JGSDF in a bilateral training environment.
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Sergeant 1st Class Takashi Kuriyama of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment Scout Sniper Program leads fellow soldiers on patrol while conducting break contact drills during an abbreviated scout sniper course, instructed by Marine Corps Scout Sniper instructors, during Exercise Iron Fist on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. During break contact drills the team moves to a location where the enemy cannot observe and fire upon them as they typically operate in small teams with limited firepower and ammunition.
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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier sites in on a target at an unknown distance range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Calif., Jan 28, 2016. The JGSDF soldiers were training with instructors from 1st Marine Divisions Pre-Scout Sniper Course as a part of Exercise Iron Fist, an annual bilateral training exercise designed to improve the U.S. and Japan’s bilateral amphibious operation capabilities.
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A Marine student undergoing the 2nd Marine Division Combat Skills Center’s Pre-Scout Sniper Course departs a field following a stalking exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2016. The DCSC offers several infantry-based courses to enhance the combat readiness of its Marines.
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Marine students undergoing the 2nd Marine Division Combat Skills Center’s Pre-Scout Sniper Course depart a field following a stalking exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2016. The exercise required students to traverse approximately 1,000 meters of high grass and fire on a target, all without being detected.
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Corporal Brighten Bell, a student undergoing the 2nd Marine Division Combat Skills Center Pre-Scout Sniper Course, prepares to move during a stalking exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2016. The DCSC offers several infantry-based courses to enhance the combat readiness of its Marines.
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Corporal Brighten Bell, a student undergoing the 2nd Marine Division Combat Skills Center’s Pre-Scout Sniper Course, acquires a target during a stalking exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2016. The exercise required students to traverse approximately 1,000 meters of high grass and fire on a target, all without being detected.
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A Marine student undergoing the 2nd Marine Division Combat Skills Center’s Pre-Scout Sniper Course prepares to move during a stalking exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2016. The exercise required students to traverse approximately 1,000 meters of high grass and fire on a target, all without being detected.
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