Sep 1, 2011

Lance Cpl. Chadwick Cumbie, a squad automatic weapon (SAW) gunner with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Foley, Ala., native, conducts immediate and remedial action drills with his M-249 SAW during a squad competition aboard dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), Sept. 1. The competition was geared towards the junior Marines and was comprised of four stations: M-249 SAW disassembly and reassembly, M-249 SAW immediate and remedial action drills, Navy portable radio (PRC) 152 assembly, and call for fires. The 22nd MEU is currently deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG) as the U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, also providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit