TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Jessica Arthur, family readiness officer, Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force Training Command, hosted the second Installation Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony at Lanc…
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - It was a war zone unlike any other. Cpl. Perry Baxter, squad leader, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, was trekking through the sand. As he made his next turn, he was ambushed. The next thing he knew he was on the ground, unable to get up, covered in a pile of third-graders.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Aboard the Combat Center, Marines and sailors are familiar with the reality of deploying. As the Combat Center is the largest live-fire training center in the Marine Corps, keeping the Marines and sailors medically ready is a top priority.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Active-duty women and wives of active-duty service members from the Combat Center attended the 7th Annual Heart To Heart Luncheon at the Desert Princess Golf Resort in Cathedral City, Calif., March 8.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - The stadium lights shined onto the tennis court as 15,000 people cheered from their seats. As the Marines marched on to the court, their faces were illuminated alongside the United States and Marine Corps colors.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines, sailors, distinguished guests and loved ones of 7th Marine Regiment gathered at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field to wish fair winds and following seas to Sgt. Maj. Scott A. Samuels, former sergeant major, 7th Marines, during a relief and appointment ceremony, March 7, 2014.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Combat Center patrons were awed during the Battle Color Ceremony at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, Wednesday. The ceremony consisted of performances by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, the Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Marine Corps Color Guard. “This is truly an impressive performance,” said Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, commanding general, Combat Center. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen it 20 times, you will be impressed the 21st time.” The ceremony began with ‘Music in Motion 2014’ performed by the Drum and Bugle Corps, better known as ‘the Commandant’s Own.’ ‘Music in Motion’ consisted of a variety of songs including The Stars and Stripes Forever, Birth of a Drum Corps, and Rock this town. “This is motivating stuff,” said Cpl. Daniel Logan, scout, 1st Tank Battalion. “The ceremony gives Marines and their families a chance to see one of the best performances around. Everyone hears about the Silent Drill Platoon and the other Marines but some people don’t get a chance to see them perform.” Following the ‘Music in Motion’ performance was the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. The platoon is a 24-man rifle unit that performs drill movements using M1 Garand rifles with fixed bayonets. All movements are done with no verbal command. The Marines marched onto the field showing discipline and precision in every movement. Everyone watched in awe as the Marines execute their move unofficially known as the bursting bomb. To finish the performance an inspection was conducted. A Marine marched in front of the platoon, randomly selecting who to inspect. The inspection is an iconic portion of the performance because of the skillful rifle spins and tosses. To conclude the ceremony, the Marine Corps Color Guard marched onto the field to present the colors of the United States and the Marine Corps. The 54-colored streamers which adorn the battle colors represent the history and accomplishments of the Marine Corps. “I was getting chills because of how motivating it was,” Logan said. “I can look at everyone’s reaction to the performance and say those are my brothers out there doing what they do best.” Attendees were invited to meet the Marines who performed after the ceremony was over. The Marines with the Battle Color Detachment will continue to tour the United States to perform.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The Adopt-a-School program is one of the many community events that units aboard the Combat Center actively support. The program introduces students to Marines as they exercise and play at their schools. The environment of the Marine-student relationship changed when students from local schools got a taste of the Corps during a visit to the Combat Center.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Paul Armstrong began his career as a Navy supply officer. He was then commissioned as a Navy Chaplain. He enjoys writing songs and playing instruments and has been doing so for more than nine years.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The temperature began to drop on the mountain side of the training area as Marines hiked for miles with ammunition and weapons through the deep snow and mountainous terrain. The three-day long exercise was part of a long-range movement to a simulated guarded position which concluded Feb. 21, 2014.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Raul Ruiz, Congressman, California’s 36th District, presented the Congressional Gold Medal to retired Montford Point Marine Joseph Beaver at the Tolerance Education Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Feb. 24. Beaver, now 91 years old, served in the Marine Corps from 1943-1946 and was one of the first African-Americans to join the Marine Corps and attend training at Montford Point, which is now known as Camp Johnson in N.C. Upon completion of his service, Beaver dedicated his life to the civil rights battle, founding the Black Historical and Cultural Society of the Coachella Valley. He also took part in the march on Washington on August, 28, 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. “Their struggles, their perseverance, led this country into a time of remembrance,” said Michael Johnson, veteran, Montford Point Marine Association. “I stand here today fully aware that I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for people like Joseph Beaver.” In attendance to the ceremony were various family members and friends of Beaver, as well as the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center color guard and Marines with 4th Tank Battalion who took part in presenting the medal alongside Ruiz. “Serving our veterans has been one of the greatest joys I have had in my time in office,” said Ruiz. “Our freedom endures because our veterans fought to protect it. It is my great honor to award this medal to Joseph Beaver, and may he and all of our veterans be remembered.” In 2011, President Barack Obama signed legislation that honored the Montford Point Marines with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded to a civilian by Congress. “This honor is beyond words, I never thought I would be the recipient of anything like this in front of my congressman and so many friends and family,” said Beaver. “America is truly a great country. Although it wasn’t always, I have been dedicated to equality and ask the rest of you to always remember to stand up and fight for what is right.”
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The Tank Gunnery Competition, also known as TIGERCOMP, is an annual competition that has been pitting tank crews from active and reserve units against each other in fierce competition since 1996. This year, the Corps-wide competition brought the best crews from the 1st, 2nd and 4th Tank Battalions to the Combat Center to test their skills. The previous champions, 2nd Tanks, consecutively earned the title the past three years, but their winning streak has been broken.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Lt. Gen. William M. Faulkner, deputy commandant, installations and logistics, visited the Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group to talk to students in the Intermediate (Marine Air Ground Task Force) Logistics Operation Course about the future of Marine Corps logistics, Tuesday. The members of the class, consisting of logistics operations officers and chiefs serving at the battalion and regimental level, attend IMLOC to become better logisticians for the Corps of tomorrow. The students asked Faulkner questions regarding the Corps moving forward and how their duties would change in the coming years. “The lieutenant general is the advocate for the entire Marine Corps logistics community,” said Capt. Robert Jankowski, IMLOC course chief, MCLOG, “He’s giving the logistics chiefs and officers here an idea of what to expect in the logistics community.” IMLOC is a relatively new class. Since its inception, only four iterations have graduated, and it is constantly evolving to suit the needs of the changing occupational field. The course and MCLOG as a whole are designed to set the doctrinal standard on how the logistics fields operate in the Marine Corps. They aim to prepare logisticians for the future of the field. Faulkner’s visit reinforces those principles and clarifies some to the concerns students may have. “His wealth of knowledge is truly impressive,” said Capt. Justine Whipple, sports operations officer, Headquarters Marine Corps Semper Fit. “His answers to the questions were expected but he also addressed the fact that the logistics community is up and coming and we are a valuable asset to the Marine Corps.” The logistics community is focusing their efforts in extracting assets out of Afghanistan and updating their doctrine. The end of Operation Enduring Freedom has put a lot of pressure on Marine Corps logistics. Marines, operating locations and equipment all have to be considered in the plan to either decommission or be brought back. Many Marine Corps orders and doctrines regarding logistics are outdated. MCLOG and education is part of the process. “(Faulkner) brings a level of viability of all issues affecting logisticians all across the MAGTF,” Jankowski said. “He talked about where we are right now and where we are going in the future as far as facilities and the draw-down in Afghanistan, and the students had the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding the field.” The main goal of the visit was to give the students awareness of the broader spectrum of their specialties. There are many aspects of the logistics that fall outside of the Logistics Combat Element and coordinating between the two is something they need to work on, according to Faulkner.
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Under a moonlit night in the heart of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, exited their helicopter and immediately rushed to secure the landing zone. The squad leader issued the order for a reconnaissance mission to be conducted which was followed by one of the hardest fought engagements during the battalion's deployment.
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – In the clearness of the Afghan night, a platoon of Marines began their assigned mission. Suddenly they found themselves surrounded by enemy insurgents who initiated waves of attack on their position. Over the next six days the Marines experienced the toughest battles they saw during their deployment.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Every step was a fight as squads of Marines traversed the desert terrain of the Combat Center’s ranges. After traveling approximately nine miles in full gear with added equipment, their boots began to feel like lead. The Marines were timed and tested in building clearing, operation of an M203 grenade launcher and maneuvering while suppressing enemy stops along the way to their destination. As their breath shortened, their strides became longer and their determination to beat their fellow squads in the competition only grew.
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS--Under the cover of darkness, Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers filed from multiple helicopters and began forming a security perimeter on the outskirts of Qaleh-ye Gaz, Afghanistan. The reconnaissance element of the platoon began searching for a patrol base location, while the remaining members established communications with their company.
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 conducted Air Base Ground Defense training during their evolution of the Integrated Training Exercise with the help of a new unmanned ground device, the Mobile Detection Assessment Response System, Feb 6, 2014.
TWENTYNINE PALM, Calif. - Music played as Marines danced with their daughters during the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion’s Princess of the Castle event Feb. 7, 2014, at the Officers’ Club. The event featured tables for families to eat, a full assortment of snack and entrees for dinner, and a dance floor for the fathers and daughters to dance the night away.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - For the last three years, Condor Elementary School has invited families from the community to participate in the school’s Science Night. Signs directed families to the different sections of the school where exploding milk, conductors of electricity, a solid that can turn into a liquid and more than 100 other projects were presented for families and fellow students to see.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Friends and families gathered to say goodbye to Sgt. Maj. Insu Paek as he retired after 30 years of honorable service during a dual Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School Relief and Appointment Ceremony and Retirement Ceremony at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, Feb. 12, 2014.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Before there were benefits for service members and their families, an avenue to help Marines and sailors struggling financially became necessary. The United States, still in its embryonic phase, couldn’t afford to provide a benefits package for its service members. In 1904, several naval officers, wives of naval officers, and civilian friends saw the need for more formal and organized assistance, according to the official Navy Marine Corps Relief Society website.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Charles Hardesty’s K9 training revolves around the behavior of the animal. He teaches his Marines and civilian dog handlers to pay attention to how working dogs react to situations and environments.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Over the years, science fiction movies have depicted robotic sentinels as enforcers of the law. These feats of technology were equipped with machine guns, could see a wide spectrum of light through their bionic eyes and could report their findings to their handlers instantly.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Congress made the biggest changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice in the past decade, Dec. 26, 2013, under the National Defense Authorization Act. These changes are scheduled to be implemented in throughout 2014 and the Marine Corps will begin to see some of the major changes that were made to Articles 32, 60, 120 and 125 in the coming months. The Marine Corps is governed by the UCMJ, which is reviewed and modified by Congress every year under the NDAA. While some of the changes made to the UCMJ in December came into effect immediately. Others, such as the listed articles, are set to take effect 120 to 180 days after the date it was approved by President Barack Obama. Upon implementation of these modifications, questions may arise. What are these changes and how will they affect the average Marine in a court case? To find that out, it is best to talk to someone with proper education and experience in military law. Marine Corps judge advocates undergo additional schooling at the Naval Justice School after passing their bar exams to adjust themselves to serve as lawyers in the Marine Corps. They understand both civil and military law, making them the best qualified representation in a military court case. The changes being made to the articles largely influence cases of sexual assault, according to Maj. Nathan Bastar, deputy Staff Judge Advocate, office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Combat Center. “Procedural wise, this is the most they’ve changed it in a while,” Bastar said. The changes affect the rights of victims of sexual assault in court, the rights of convening authorities, sentencing and the investigations leading to trial. Article 32 relates to a preliminary investigation to determine reasonable grounds to go forward in a General Court-Martial. Rules of evidence do not apply and in some cases this is the first time that the victim would testify in court. It is the constitutional right of the accused to face the witnesses against them and this is where the first change to the article comes into play. “At the hearing, the accused had the right to have the victim who was accusing him of the sexual assault present and to be cross-examined by his defense attorney,” Bastar said. “Now they have taken that away. They have granted the victim the right to refuse to testify at an Article 32 hearing.” This does not violate the alleged assailant’s constitutional rights because an Article 32 is a preliminary hearing and not officially a trial determining guilt, only evidence to move forward. This change significantly reduces the defense’s ability to cross-examine witnesses during an investigation and prepare for a possible trial. If the investigation moves on to a court-martial, the victim can then be called for cross-examination. These hearings, prior to the court-martial, are investigated by a commissioned officer. Before the changes made to Article 32, it was not a requirement for these officers to have any legal training. Any officer, such as a commanding officer or battalion executive officer, could have served as an investigator. The new changes now require the investigating officer to be judge advocates. The Combat Center has more than 20 judge advocates, approximately half of which are eligible to serve in an Article 32 under its new terms. “There are other qualifications to be an Article 32 [investigating officer] that are Marine Corps-specific,” Bastar said. “In the Marine Corps, you must be a JA, O-4 or above, or had to have tried a sexual assault case, either as a prosecutor or defense attorney.” In the rare occasion that there are not enough judge advocates at the Combat Center to adequately cover the number of Article 32 investigations pertaining to sexual assault, judge advocates from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., can be brought here for the investigation. “A lot of the driving factors in these changes is sexual assault,” Bastar said. “They’re trying to increase the victim’s rights and limit the rights of a commanding officer to not go forward on sexual assault cases.” Article 60 involves the sentencing of the accused and rights of convening authorities. The changes under Article 60 have put new limits on what a convening authority can do after a sentence has been issued, especially when it has to do with sexual assault cases. It was within the right of the convening authority, commanding officers for Special Courts-Martial and commanding generals for General Courts-martial, to provide clemency for the accused, by approving or disapproving a sentence. “They’ve been trying to take [the clemency right] away for some time now,” Bastar said. Article 60 no longer allows the convening authorities to dismiss a sentencing after the accused has been found guilty. These limitations extend to pre-trial agreements made to reduce sentences before the accused can be found guilty. “In civilian court, it’s a deal between you and the prosecutor that says, ‘Hey, if you plead guilty to this, we’ll support [a certain] sentence,’” Bastar said. “It’s basically a contract between the accused and the convening authority. So say the agreement is to only approve two years [in prison] and the sentence comes back for five years in prison, based on the agreement with the [convening authority], only two years will be served.” The limitations on pre-trial agreements will prevent the convening authorities ability to reduce any sentence. Articles 120 and 125 have simple but impactful changes to laws regarding sexual assault. The former, which had a five-year statute of limitations for all sexual assaults, has been lifted, allowing the conviction of Marines within any time period. “So if on Jan. 20, 2009, somebody sexually assaulted somebody, then today that statute of limitation would have run and you would not have been able to prosecute them,” Bastar said. “But now, it eliminates that.” Article 125, consensual sodomy, was a crime under the UCMJ. This is a correction in the UCMJ because of a Supreme Court decision of Lawrence vs Texas in 2003, which declared that prosecuting consensual sodomy was unconstitutional. “It infringes on someone’s privacy rights,” Bastar said. “That was a Supreme Court decision but it has been around the military for quite a while.” The changes to the articles on Dec. 23 have also made it a requirement to hold General Courts-Martial for certain sexual offenses and mandates a dishonorable discharge if convicted of certain sexual assault offenses. All changes of the listed articles are scheduled to go into effect this year, but are subject to change. Any questions regarding these changes can be directed to the Victim Legal Counsel.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Tobacco products are used on a daily basis by people of all walks of life. Whether it’s lining gums with chewing tobacco or lighting a cigarette and taking a puff, tobacco use and its effects are important to understand.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Stations with chemical experiments and science projects filled the room as children gazed in wonder. Their eyes lit up as they participated in the process of completing circuits, watched chemical reactions occur, and looked at stations display the laws of physics.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Archbishop Timothy Brogio, Archbishop of Military Services, held Mass at the Combat Center Catholic Chapel as part of his international tour of bases and installations around the world, Jan. 26, 2014.
BANNING, Calif. - The battle that took place from 1939 to 1945 for world freedom has been referred to as America’s war, but while American troops fought the horror of World War II, the Montford Point Marines fought a second battle; for equality, according to Coral Theill, reporter and author.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 is leading Marine Aircraft Group 13 in new training programs designed to protect expeditionary airfields during the Integrated Training Exercise.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Jim Bagley is a native of Twentynine Palms, Calif. His family has been part of the community for three generations and Bagley has served as Mayor of Twentynine Palms three times.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Service members and their families kicked off their long weekend by attending the Climbing Wall Family Night at the West Gym, Jan. 17, 2014. The Family Night is hosted by Marine Corps Community Services and gives families aboard the Combat Center a chance to spend an evening away from home.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Combat Center patrons can look forward to the changes coming to the base in 2014. Last year, the Combat Center began many projects such as the reconstruction of Adobe Road and the remodeling of Felix field. The repaving of roads on and around base and the construction of new bachelors’ enlisted quarters for Marines and sailors, show promise of even more exciting things to come.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Military working dogs are trained to do many things. They can locate drugs and explosive components. They can be a part of search-and-rescue teams and react to save its handler’s life.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines with 1st Tank Battalion were recognized for their heroism, sacrifice and dedication to duty with two Navy and Marine Corps Medals, a Bronze Star with combat-distinguishing device and a Purple Heart Medal at the unit’s tank ramp, Jan. 21, 2014.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The Combat Center Commanding General’s Welcome Aboard Brief was hosted by Marine Corps Community Services at the base theater, Jan. 15, 2014. The brief informed Marines who are new to the base of its history and available activities, facilities and programs that they can benefit from while stationed here.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 said their goodbyes to loved ones before departing Del Valle Field for their deployment to Afghanistan Jan. 9, 2014. Families waved as CLB-7 conducted a final weapons count before boarding the buses and heading off.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines with Combat Logistics Company 13, 1st Marine Logistics Group, spent the day laughing and playing with students during their physical education classes at Joshua Tree Elementary School, Jan. 8.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, Combat Center Commanding General, alongside members of the Resident Office in Charge of Construction and T.B. Penick & Sons Inc., broke ground at the site of the Combat Center’s new Child Development Center, Monday.
Behind the Marines and sailors who serve aboard the Combat Center are the families who support them. They are an integral part of the Combat Center community and play a significant role in the success of our mission.Families are celebrated at the Combat Center. They participate in unit events,are educated on the opportunities the base has to offer,and are invited to step into the boots of their Marines during functions such as Jane Wayne Day.The Combat Center makes it a point to ensure they are recognized and appreciated.
The Combat Center works diligently to support local events and organizations as an active proponent of the Morongo Basin.Throughout 2013,approximately5,000 Combat Center Marines participated in more than 300 community events.The partnerships and relationships developed through these events provide the Combat Center with the ability to give back to the community,which supports the installation and the mission of its service members.Throughout the year,the Combat Center coordinated various visits,community relations events,on and off base,including Adopt-a-School,job shadowing,Gifted and Talented Education site visits,Red Ribbon Week,Read Across America Week,Earth Day clean-ups,community partnerships with the local chambers and school district,television appearances,parades,static displays,guest speakers,K-9 demonstrations and color guards.
Foreign militaries from around the world come to train withMarines in various combat scenarios aboard the Combat Center.This year,the Combat Center invited international units such as the Australian Army’s 1st Armored Regiment,the UnitedKingdom’s 40 Commando Royal Marines and Dutch Marines of 22 Company, Korps Mariniers with the Royal Netherlands Navy,to not only take part in combined arms exercises,but also conduct evaluations.Units involved worked hand-in-hand to learn from each other throughout these combat exercises and evaluations.The Combat Center contains the largest training area in the Marine Corps and serves as a valuable tool to sharpen the skills of service members throughout the U.S.military and international units invited for training.The Combat Center continues to offer pre-deployment and sustainment training to military units,both foreign and domestic.With premier resources and training areas at their disposal,the Combat Center personnel will continue to prepare Marines and allies for battles yet to come.
As the Marine Corps’ premier training facility,the Combat Center,provides a realistic training environment for units throughout the Marine Corps.Its mountainous terrain and drastic temperature changes give units a snapshot of environments found in the Middle East and other areas around the world.The size,facilities,and services offered at the Combat Center’s training areas allow units to conduct combined-arms training,urban operations and evaluation of tactics to promote readiness of operational forces.The Combat Center’s vast training area allow Marines to conduct exercises that will sharpen their skills.These include artillery shoots,platoon-sized operations,simulated air assaults,convoy operations,and bilateral training alongside units from various nations.The Combat Center is the only base of its kind in the Marine Corps and will continue to provide Marines with the necessary assets to keep the Corps a step ahead the rest.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The Marine Corps has greatly changed since its birth in 1775. This past year has further contributed to its evolution. Leaders toured bases across the Corps, addressing Marines face-to-face, female Marines faced the challenges of new physical fitness standards and were afforded new military occupational specialty opportunities. Combat readiness was revolutionized with the implementation of the Integrated Training Exercise aboard the Combat Center. Every year, the Corps reflects upon its successes and areas of opportunity in order to maintain its status as America’s elite fighting force. In 2013, the Corps attained many historic milestones. Not only have our uniforms and standards improved but new avenues have been made for every Marine to pursue.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines 1st Tank Battalion, Combat Center, joined members of the community in a golf tournament to raise money for the Toys for Tots program at the Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course Dec. 7.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Approximately 40 Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Desert Hot Springs High School, visited the Combat Center to gain additional knowledge in military training Dec. 18, 2013. The purpose of the program is to instill in students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. During their visit to the Combat Center, the cadets were given a period of instruction on different weapon systems and were given the opportunity to apply marksmanship skills at the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer (ISMT). After firing, the cadets ate at the Phelps Mess Hall and then went to the Combat Center Marine Corps Exchange, furthering their opportunity to experience how Marines live on a daily basis. “We appreciate the opportunity to be able to come out here and see more into how the Marines do things on a day-to-day basis,” said Alexander Camacho, cadet, MCJROTC, Desert Hot Springs High School. “The cadets getting this training get a boost in choosing their future career paths. I personally want to become a pilot, and am deciding between the Marine Corps and the Army. Experiences like this greatly help in making that decision.” With the MCJROTC being a school program, it was difficult for them to get a lot of hands-on weapons training, according to Carl Lewke, senior Marine instructor, MCJROTC program. “Marksmanship training is an important aspect of our program,” Lewke said. “For the cadets who plan on joining the service, they are going to need to learn the fundamentals. It is a great thing for us to be invited to the Combat Center to allow the cadets a chance to get that training.” While it was good training for the cadets, it was also a great experience for the Marines instructing them, according to Capt. Benjamin Rapach, combat engineer officer, Headquarters Battalion. “It was great to have the chance to work with them and see them go through the ISMT training,” Rapach said. “These kids are potentially the future of our military.”