More than 60 Marines and sailors from Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group, including a Scotland Count6y native, recently participated in an offsite training event aboard Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation, Virginia Beach, Va..
The purpose of the training was to exploit a gap in the unit’s normal work schedule created by Solid Curtain – Citadel Shield, which is a Naval exercise designed to test the preparedness of Navy installations nation-wide when responding to natural and man-made disasters. Some of the topics reviewed during the training included: the revised Marine Corps policy on hazing, the Never Leave a Marine Behind training and required medical classes.
The day’s event was capped off with a combat fitness course, which consisted of a three-mile litter run performed in boots and utilities. Prior to the run, personnel were separated into teams of six to seven and each team received a trauma bag and a litter to carry throughout the course.
“It is important for Marines and sailors to be proficient in medical evacuation procedures of injured personnel from the front lines,” said Chief Thomas Gentry of Laurinburg.
Gentry is a surface force independent duty corpsman and medical chief at the unit.
“This training built camaraderie and teamwork while also testing service members physical stamina, which is essential in a combat environment,” he said.
The Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group is a unit that coordinates, manages, executes, and evaluates U.S. Marine Corps Security Cooperation programs and activities.