JBM-HH Marines and Soldiers stand side by side in training
July 22, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. - Soldiers and Marines from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall "invaded" Fort Lee, Va., last week for training at the Warrior Training Center there.
Approximately 30 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company on Fort Myer and three Marines from Headquarters and Service Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall brushed up on their land navigation, communications, combatives, and MOUT (military operations on urban terrain) skills.
"This is a little brush-up for me," said Lance Cpl. Mitchell Taylor, one of the Marines who participated in the training. "I've been in the NCR (National Capital Region) for two years, so it's been a little while since I've done it. "
The training was broken up into two cycles, with one session running July 8 and 9 and the other session running July 11 and 12.
"We all learned from each other," said Army Sgt. 1st Class Keith McGrew, HHC S-3 NCOIC. "Our terminology is different, but we're doing the same thing."
The training consisted of the same classroom work and field exercises for both groups. On the first day, the service members gathered on JBM-HH at 5 a.m. to make the drive to Fort Lee. Once they arrived there, they were issued the gear they would need for the training and headed to a land navigation class, said McGrew.
"They were taught to point plots on grids," he explained.
After the classroom portion of the land navigation training, the group headed outside, where they were given five points to find throughout Fort Lee and completed the task in roughly an hour and 45 minutes.
"They did a lot of walking," McGrew laughed. "It was hot and sweaty and stuff."
On the second day of training, service members worked on their communications skills by working with synchronized radios.
"They learned how to install the battery, attach the antennae," said McGrew. "They also learned how to put the codes in there and what each code means."
They also got some hands-on time with both the M16 and M924 rifle.
"The learned how to break the weapon down, its different parts, how many parts go to each weapon," explained McGrew.
During the MOUT portion of the training, the service members learned how to clear a room, and the combatives portion had them facing off against each other in hand-to-hand combat.
"The training was a good thing for all of us," said McGrew, who noted that while stationed in the National Capital Region, both Soldiers and Marines are sometimes chained to their desks or busy with other duties and simply don't have the time for this type of training.
Marine Capt. Andrew Pallis, H & S Co. executive officer, noted that the Army and Corps have two different cultures and training like this helps each branch to familiarize itself with the other.
"It's good to learn each other's customs and courtesies," he said.