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    Sgt. Dustin McPherson holds a plank during the School of Infantry East Instructor course participate in a portion of the HITT Level 1 training at Camp Geiger, March 8.

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:00 am

U.S. Marines attending the School of Infantry East (SOI-East) Instructor course participated in a portion of the High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) Level 1 training at Camp Geiger, March 8. Jacob Alexander, a combat fitness specialist with Marine Corps Community Service headquarters, was proud of the results that came from the training session.

“The [purpose] of the training was to provide combat instructors at SOI-East with some basic fitness instructions so they can be prepared for unit physical training when they leave the school of infantry,” Alexander said. “The training was extremely successful. They were impressed with our instructor’s ability to connect with their students. We look forward to building a stronger relationship with the school of infantry.”

The HITT program has undergone changes in leadership recently, but Alexander emphasized that participants should focus on learning.

“I hope that [patrons] stay open-minded with it (HITT),”Alexander said. “There has been a transition in leadership in the past year or two—we are trying to bring it back to life.”

Sgt. Jeffrey Morrison, a SOI-East student at the time of training, sees the HITT training as an opportunity to improve as a Marine.

“As a student, it is an honor to become a combat instructor,” Morrison said. “The Marine Corps has blessed me with an outstanding career through training and education. Marines are always looking to train and the HITT program teaches [Marines] how to train properly to ensure longevity and injury prevention.”

Jason Clark, HITT program coordinator for Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, wants Marines to see past the opening lessons and continue to build relationships with civilian HITT instructors.

“With HITT itself, it is ran by all civilians with no easy tie between [service members] and instructors working together,” Clark said. “(HITT instructors) are all positioned to support the mission of the Marines they are assigned to. Don’t let going [through] a level one instruction be the last time that you have a conversation with that HITT coordinator, let it be the start. He can help you at your unit or yourself.”

For Staff Sgt. Zebulon Enright, combat instructor with Fox Company, MCT Battalion, SOI-East, teaching the students at SOI-East serves as an opportunity for the students to learn and better serve the Marines under their guidance.

“Fitness is very important [for Marines],” Enright said. “If you look what you could call at the three basic tenants of the Marine Corps with shoot, move and communicate. Moving being equally as important as shooting.”

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