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CLB-7, HMH-366 team up in exercise

22 Aug 2013 | Lance Cpl. Alejandro Bedoya

 The Combat Center’s G-6, Communications and Information Systems, needed the gear moved from the training area. The two units developed this request into a training exercise to enhance their skills working with one another.

CLB-7 provided a team of six Marines to support from the ground while HMH-366 provided a CH53 E helicopter for air support.

“It was good training for both units,” said Capt. Molly Leblanc, pilot, HMH 366. “It was also an important mission because it would have cost a lot of money if we were not here to support them in the movement of the containers.”

The two containers were located at each end of Observation Post Crampton. The Marines with CLB-7 dropped off a small contingent of Marines at landing zone Gunfighter to keep communication with the air support and then convoyed to the location of the containers. After reaching the training area, CLB-7 Marines unloaded their gear and started to prepare the containers for extraction.

Once the containers were ready for extraction, the Marines on the ground would contact the Marines in the air and rally at an area away from the container.  Two CLB-7 Marines remained at their position on top of the container. Once the CH53 E dropped its hooks and hovered over the container, the Marines would connect the hooks to the container and then move to the rally point with the other Marines. The CH53 E lifted the container and it was extracted to landing zone Gunfighter.

After watching the first container extraction, CLB-7 Marines grabbed their gear and moved to the second container repeating all of the same steps.

“It is always a mission, whether it is training or not,” said 1st Lt. DeWayne Townsend, land support platoon commander, CLB-7. “We are going to be deploying soon so it’s always good to get out and do these types of things. This is also the only way this equipment can be moved from here.”

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