Banner Icon could not be loaded.

 

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center

"Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command"

Twentynine Palms, California
Military, civilian police train together aboard Combat Center

By Lance Cpl. Paul S. Martinez | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center | October 18, 2013

Photos
prev
1 of 3
next
A SWAT team member with the Garden Grove Police Department practices room-clearing during a collaborated training exercise with the Provost Marshal's Office Special Reaction Team at Range 111 aboard the Combat Center Oct. 11, 2013.

A SWAT team member with the Garden Grove Police Department practices room-clearing during a collaborated training exercise with the Provost Marshal's Office Special Reaction Team at Range 111 aboard the Combat Center Oct. 11, 2013. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Paul S. Martinez)


Photo Details | Download |

A SWAT team member with the Garden Grove Police Department practices room-clearing during a collaborated training exercise with the Provost Marshal's Office Special Reaction Team at Range 111 aboard the Combat Center Oct. 11, 2013.

A SWAT team member with the Garden Grove Police Department practices room-clearing during a collaborated training exercise with the Provost Marshal's Office Special Reaction Team at Range 111 aboard the Combat Center Oct. 11, 2013. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Paul S. Martinez)


Photo Details | Download |

Sgt Adam Munoz, Special Reaction Team commander, SRT, Provost Marshal's Office, and Police Officer J.J. Glover, team member, Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal's Office, conduct room-clearing during a training exercise at Range 111 aboard the Combat Center Oct. 11, 2013.

Sgt Adam Munoz, Special Reaction Team commander, SRT, Provost Marshal's Office, and Police Officer J.J. Glover, team member, Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal's Office, conduct room-clearing during a training exercise at Range 111 aboard the Combat Center Oct. 11, 2013. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Paul S. Martinez)


Photo Details | Download |

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- The Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal’s Office, trained alongside the Special Weapons and Tactics team from Garden Grove Police Department at Range 111 Oct. 11, 2013.

The collaboration between the two forces marks the third year of the SWAT team visiting the Combat Center from Garden Grove, Calif., to engage in training using its various ranges.

“Working with the military police and gaining access to these training grounds is a one-in-a-million shot for us,” said Lt. Ben Stauffer, police officer, GGPD. “We don’t have these facilities anywhere else so coming out here is great.”

The training served as a way for both forces to not only sharpen their skills, but observe and learn from their counterpart’s respective methods of operation.

“We get this chance to work with (SWAT) and see how they do things, and try to implement some of those techniques in our training,” said Sgt. Adam E. Munoz, SRT commander, PMO. “How one team clears a stairway and moves up might be more advantageous than how we do it. We might want to try their technique, and if it works, we could adopt it, and vice versa.”

The urban set-up of Range 111 allowed the teams to make full use of their weapons and equipment. Garden Grove snipers took aim from the range’s sniper towers, SWAT teams conducted tactical maneuvers across hallways and staircases, and Marines executed proper room-clearing.

“The city environment is important to us because it brings realism,” Stauffer said. “Having pop-up targets that provide immediate feedback to long range shots is also perfect.”

The Marines of SRT gained valuable insight from training with their civilian counterparts.

“A lot of Marines in the military police field don’t get this opportunity as early as these Marines have,” Munoz said. “These Marines have shown exceptional performance and ability, are experts with their pistols and rifles, and work well as a team.”

The partnership between the SRT and SWAT develops skill and mission readiness for both teams.

“We’re very glad to come out here and use these facilities,” Stauffer said. “We got training we can't get anywhere else, and aim to keep our men sharp.”
Imagecenter Imagecombat Imagegarden Imagegrove ImageMAGTFTC Imagemarines Imagemartinez ImageMCAGCC Imagepaul Imagereaction Imagespeical Imagetactics Imageteam Imageweapons

No Comments


Add Comment

(required)
  Post Comment
 
Unit News

Combat Center battles war on traffic safety

By Cpl. Lauren A. Kurkimilis | April 18, 2014

Fifty stars and 13 stripes were carefully folded and a single bugle somberly bellowed “Taps” across the Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa. A Marine handed the nation’s colors, folded in to a neat triangle, to Christina Formosa. As she clutched it tight to her chest, she placed her hand among the red, white and yellow flowers, atop the coffin of her husband, Master Gunnery Sgt. Nick Formosa, and after 28 years of marriage, she bid her final farewell to the love of her life and a Marine whose life was taken too soon. MORE
Comments 0 Comments

What I’ve Learned: Daniel Mulvihill

By Lance Cpl. Kasey Peacock | April 18, 2014

Mulvihill is a retired Marine staff sergeant working as the safety specialist with 7th Marine Regiment. He is a Vietnam War veteran who earned a silver star during a battle that made him and his company known as the most highly decorated small unit in the history of the military. MORE
Comments 0 Comments

CDC youth perform comedy skit

By Cpl. Charles Santamaria | April 16, 2014

The Child Development Center’s Youth and Teens program hosted the Superhero Support Group event in the Mustang Room of their main building, April 16, 2014. The event was part of a month-long celebration known as Month of the Military Child. MORE
Comments 0 Comments

Headquarters Battalion promotes safety during operational pause

By Cpl. Charles Santamaria | April 15, 2014

Whether it's in the seat of a vehicle, out in the field, on a forward operating base in Afghanistan or day-to-day life stateside, safety comes first. Twice a year, an operational pause is designated to have a time for Marines and sailors aboard the Combat Center to receive classes on safety and also inform them of common mistakes that can change their lives. MORE
Comments 0 Comments

Night of music features Combat Center Color Guard

By Cpl.Ali Azimi | April 12, 2014

June marks 70 years since the Normandy landing during World War II. Also known as D-Day, it was a decisive battle during the war that struck a blow to German forces, which they never recovered from. To pay tribute to the thousands of lives lost during the landing, the University of Redlands held a symphony to honor service members and the anniversary. MORE
Comments 0 Comments