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A Marine with Transportation Services Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, carries a simulated casualty to an MV-22 Osprey for a medical evacuation during a live-fire vehicle recovery exercise as part of Integrated Training Exercise 1-16 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 4, 2015. The training tested the Marines’ ability to effectively recover a downed vehicle while engaging the enemy in a live-fire scenario.

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CLB-2 takes on live-fire vehicle recovery during ITX 1-16

9 Nov 2015 | Sgt. Tia Nagle II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with Transportation Services Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, and 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion put their vehicle recovery team to the test during a live-fire exercise as part of Integrated Training Exercise 1-16 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, Nov. 4, 2015.

The purpose of this range is to exercise vehicle recovery operations while providing 360 degree security in a live-fire setting. 1st Lt. Noah Tobias, platoon commander for 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd LEB explained his role, “As military police, convoy security and route security are some of our specific missions. When we arrived on scene we set up a 360 degree cordon, allowing the wrecker recovery team to freely move in and recover the downed vehicle.”

CLB-2 had a chance to practice their recovery skills at the beginning of ITX in a more controlled environment before moving on to this live-fire culminating event.

“I think it’s great out here,” said Cpl. Nathan Clifford, a vehicle recovery operator with CLB-2. “Already, we’ve learned a vast amount of knowledge and a variety of recovery methods.” The benefit to wrecker team in this training is priceless.

CLB-2, is the Logistics Combat Element of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force responsible for supplying necessary recovery and sustainment capabilities for the MAGTF. Military police from 2nd LEB are aiding that mission by acting as a security element for CLB-2 throughout ITX.

“These missions go back to our legacy mission skillsets of route security, route reconnaissance and overall area security,” said Tobias. “This training allows us to go out and let the wreckers do their job while we provide security. During the mission, they simulated our team taking contact and we effectively suppressed the targets so the wrecker crews could just focus on their job and know that we have their backs. So it’s a great training asset.”