• Marines from 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division conduct a map recon prior to making movement to their objective at Fort Hunter Liggett July 2014. The Marines from recon platoon are proficient at land navigation as part of their job. (Courtesy photo by Marine Sgt. Stephen Duffy)

    Marines, Soldiers reap benefits of Warrior Exercise

    Marines from 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division conduct a map recon prior to making movement to their objective at Fort Hunter Liggett July 2014. The Marines from recon platoon are proficient at land navigation as...

  • Marines from 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division prepare for a recon mission at Fort Hunter Liggett July 2014. As part of their training, the Marines made a close-to-scale terrain model. (Courtesy photo by Marine Sgt. Stephen Duffy)

    Marines, Soldiers reap benefits of Warrior Exercise

    Marines from 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division prepare for a recon mission at Fort Hunter Liggett July 2014. As part of their training, the Marines made a close-to-scale terrain model. (Courtesy photo by Marine...

  • Members of 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, prepare for job-specific training at Fort Hunter Liggett July 2014. The training consisted of mounted vehicle training where the Marines worked on mounted land navigation proficiency. (Courtesy photo by Marine Sgt. Stephen Duffy)

    Marines, Soldiers reap benefits of Warrior Exercise

    Members of 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, prepare for job-specific training at Fort Hunter Liggett July 2014. The training consisted of mounted vehicle training where the Marines worked on mounted land...

  • Marine Force Reconnaissance personnel from B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division provide reconnaissance support using precision based tactics to include land navigation, parachuting and covert operations during their maneuvers. NÄúInformation is only as good as thehuman that filters it, so we have a bunch of highly trained Marines that know what to look for that are experienced in field craft and can move fast behind enemy lines to execute a mission," said Capt. Benjamin Howe, the company commander. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jon Fernandez, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Marines, Soldiers reap benefits of Warrior Exercise

    Marine Force Reconnaissance personnel from B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division provide reconnaissance support using precision based tactics to include land navigation, parachuting and covert operations during their maneuvers...

  • Staff Sgt. Aaron Avila, assistant platoon sergeant, and Capt. Benjamin Howe, of B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division  observe and receive intel from their recon units at Fort Hunter Liggett July 22. The Marine Forces Reconnaissance personnel in the field are responsible for setting up a hasty ambush site and reporting all activity to the recon commander. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jon Fernandez, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Marines, Soldiers reap benefits of warrior exercise

    Staff Sgt. Aaron Avila, assistant platoon sergeant, and Capt. Benjamin Howe, of B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division observe and receive intel from their recon units at Fort Hunter Liggett July 22. The Marine Forces...

  • Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matt Anderson, battalion weapons chief, Capt. Benjamin Howe and Staff Sgt. Aaron Avila, of B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, conduct last-minute communications with their recon units at Fort Hunter Liggett, July 23. "We're the eyes and ears of the 1st Marine Division. We go out beyond the forward line of troops, sometimes beyond artillery support and answer intelligence requirements in support of the mission," said Capt. Benjamin Howe, B Company commander. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jon Fernandez, 210 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Marines, Soldiers - Reap benefits of Warrior Exercise

    Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matt Anderson, battalion weapons chief, Capt. Benjamin Howe and Staff Sgt. Aaron Avila, of B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, conduct last-minute communications with their recon units at Fort Hunter...

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. -- Marines from B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division conducted recon training during Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 91 14-03 in conjunction with Army National Guard troops in early July. The joint exercise included rappelling, vehicle movement and combat patrols.

"The integration between the Marines and the Soldiers here was great training for both branches," said Capt. Benjamin Howe, the platoon leader of 2nd Platoon, B Company. "At any given point, we can be working with the Army or any other branch of service. It's also good training to get out of your own team [and] get out of your comfort zone."

Despite the differences between the branches, there are real world benefits to joint training.

"The Marine Corps, in general, is always willing and eager to train with other services. It's one of the reasons we're here," said Howe. "We often find ourselves working together in different conflict areas."

The recon teams scouted a road for four days, taking pictures and reporting every bit of pertinent information to their platoon leaders, said Howe a Rochester, New York, native.

"Two teams are continuing to observe objective areas and sending back photos of the area via high frequency radios," he said. "They are painting the picture of the objective areas."

While one team continued observation activities, the Marines staged an ambush against opposing forces (OPFOR) made up of a California National Guard infantry unit. The operation took place in the early hours of July 23, and all prior training was of great benefit, Howe said.

"On our last phase of training, we conducted 24 hour patrols and reconnaissance on our objectives," said Cpl. Zachary K. Morgan, a member of 2nd Platoon. "One of the teams conducted a hasty ambush on the opfor for training purposes. It was great training for the team that conducted the ambush and for the infantry unit (opfor) [reacting to the ambush]."

The array of recon training including rope systems, rappelling; one-rope bridges; knots and pulley systems, vehicle movement, armored ATVs (all terrain vehicles) and other off-road vehicles, and patrols, said Morgan, a Morgantown, West Virginia, native.

"At the end of the day, we're all Americans fighting for the same cause," said Howe. "And we are definitely going to be coming back."

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