MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
More than 45 Marines from various units across 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing showcased their interoperability skills during a field exercise at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, North Carolina, July 20-24.
Marines with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2, Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 and Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28 gathered at the airfield for a training exercise to simulate a deployed environment.
“Having the Marines out here gives them a different perspective of their job, because they simulated how they would function in a deployed environment,” said Staff Sgt. Bradley Lewis, a wire chief with MWCS-28. “They learned to work with what they have and practiced proficiency skills. Seeing how their job affected other squadron’s products, showed them the importance their skills hold not only to their squadron, but the overall mission of 2nd MAW.”
The Marines actively performed proficiency exercises, cross trained with other elements of their squadron and interacted with other squadrons in co-classes while still engaged in security details and other deployment basics.
“MWCS-28 maintained a communications network, while MWHS-2 produced intelligence products and MWSS-274 provided equipment, power and food services,” said 2nd Lt. Jaqueline Fisher, the officer in charge of the training exercise with MWHS-2.
According to Fisher, the Marines who participated in the exercise learned how to set up and complete their job while assisting other squadrons in meeting their objectives.
“This exercise allowed us to further develop our squadron’s skills, as well as, interact with other squadrons and learn from each other,” said Fisher. “Similarities allowed the MWHS-2 and MWCS-28 Marines to cross-train between communication and intelligence equipment. The Marines learned from each other, which broadened their skill set and expanded their knowledge base.”
The interaction with other squadrons gave Marines a more accurate depiction of how the 2nd MAW would operate in a deployed environment. Some of these Marines had never worked hand-in-hand with a different element before the training exercise, said Lewis.
“Our readiness and ability to work with these different squadrons affects our mission success as the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing,” said Lewis. “Taking these opportunities to train together benefits both the individual Marine and the 2nd MAW as a whole.”