FORT PICKETT, Va. -- Like an archeologist searching for a rare find, the Marines of Combat Logistics Battalion 22 methodically combed the surrounding tree line and the deeply rutted, narrow rock-filled path ahead as their convoy tactically maneuvered through the treacherous Improvised Explosive Device convoy course aboard Fort Pickett, Va., April 18, 2007.
"Everybody is a safety officer," said CLB-22 commanding officer Lieutenant Col. Mark R. Hollahan. "If you see something suspicious don't be scared to call it out."
Some of the CLB-22 Marines added a touch of reality to the training exercise with the use of controlled detonations and strategically placed mock-IED's stationed along the pathway.
The training was designed to sharpen the Marines' abilities to recognize and respond to IED attacks, explained one of the Marines, as he carefully inserted the blasting cap in a small portion of plastic explosive.
He explained that the Marines were expected to be able to respond and carry out the necessary standard operating procedures in case of an attack.
The Marines were evaluated throughout each section of the course. They put emphasis on execution and communication amongst each other.
"Communication is paramount," said another Marine. "Loud precise commands will save you and your Marines lives."
The Marines and Sailors of CLB-22 are preparing for their upcoming deployment as the Logistics Combat Element of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit scheduled later this year. To stay informed on the training, missions, and organization of the unit, visit the MEU's website at www.22meu.usmc.mil.