Photo Essay: Artillerymen of BLT 1/6 refine infantry skills in Albania

22 Mar 2003 | Gunnery Sgt. Keith A. Milks

The artillerymen of Golf Battery, the artillery unit assigned to Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 6th Marines, left their 155mm howitzers aboard ship to conduct infantry training in northern Albania during the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)'s recent amphibious landing exercise (PHIBLEX), March 8 to 12.In addition to providing long range heavy indirect fire support, Golf Battery may be called upon in potential future combat operations to act as a provisional rifle company. Their training during PHIBLEX included day and night live fire exercises, patrolling, and convoy operations.The 22d MEU (SOC) left Camp Lejeune, N.C. in mid-February aboard the amphibious assault ships WASP, WHIDBEY ISLAND, and SHREVEPORT as part of Expeditionary Strike Group 2. ESG 2 is currently in the Arabian Sea supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.For more information on the mission, organization, and status of the 22d MEU (SOC), visit the unit's web site at
22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit