Marines with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, conducted a live-fire range to maintain unit readiness on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune July 29.
During a table three shoot, Marines were evaluated on their proficiency in the sitting, standing and moving positions with a service rifle. For many of the new Marines with the battalion it was the first time they had been on a range since attending Marine Combat Training.
"This is the first time I have been out to the range with this unit," said Pfc. Trent Mosher, a motor transport mechanic. "It’s great to get out of the shop and get back to the basics like this live-fire range."
The drills the Marines conducted are intended to simulate situations they may face while on deployment.
"We’re practicing combat-style shooting," said Cpl. Katelyn Kohenskey, an automotive maintenance technician. "What we are focused on is doing drills that we could apply during a hostile engagement, so that includes failure-to-stop, box drills and controlled pairs."
Being on the range as a unit also provided 2nd Maintenance Battalion a chance to improve unit cohesion by allowing the Marines to come together in a field environment, Kohensky added.
If the unit is deployed to a combat zone, they regularly conduct convoy operations where they could easily come under fire.
2nd Maintenance looks to hold true the saying "every Marine a rifleman" while maintaining their job proficiency.
"We’re responsible for learning our jobs while at home, but at the same time we’re expected to be ready for combat, and by conducting this training, we are. This is what being a Marine is all about," said Mosher.