Providing security: Marines with 2nd LEB conduct site security operations
By Lance Cpl. Erick Galera, II Marine Expeditionary Force
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina -- Marines with 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion prepared future security operations during site security operations training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 17.
The Marines went to Forward Operating Base Hawk to participate in a scenario, which involved supporting a critical infrastructure, said Cpl. Ian R. Seely, a marksman observer with 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion. The scenario involved a civilian control point where the Marines had to make sure the people coming in and out didn’t have any weapons or were trying to leave with any top secret documents.
“Having the Marines out here is important because they need to familiarize themselves with spotting small discrepancies while exercising good communication skills,” said 1st Lt. Mitchell Whitney, the 1st platoon commander of Bravo Company, 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion.
Marines with 2nd LEB are expected to conduct law and order operations in order to enhance the security environment and promote the rule of law in support of Marine Air Ground Task Force operations.
“The key is to always stay alert and beat complacency since we’re working with a lot of civilians,” said Whitney.
This was the first opportunity for Whitney to evaluate his platoon out in the field, allowing him to watch them go through different scenarios and supervise their progress throughout the three-day event.
The Marines trained to handle a spectrum of situations, including scenarios involving petty fights inside the facility to a hostage situation by an armed civilian.
“The training is valuable because it teaches Marines the key skills that are going to save them both [state side] and in combat by recognizing the signs before something bad happens,” said Seely. “The training also increases morale, enhances our capabilities and lessens our limitations as a whole.”