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January 5, 2022

US Marines conduct Iron Sky integration and operational mobility exercise

The exercise enabled the Marines to take part in an Expeditionary Advanced Base Operation.

Members from the US Marine Corps (USMC) 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (3D LAR BN) have successfully taken part in exercise Iron Sky.

3D LAR BN is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment.

The exercise, which is a joint integration and operational mobility exercise, allowed the Marines to take part in an Expeditionary Advanced Base Operation (EABO) in the Pacific region.

EABO is a kind of expeditionary warfare engaged in the deployment of mobile, low signature, as well as easy to maintain and sustain naval expeditionary force to execute sea denial, support sea control, and allow fleet sustainment.

The USMC is dependent on exercises such as Iron Sky to increase force protection and expand the Marines’ capabilities in the Pacific region.

USMC staff sergeant Robert Stauffer said: “We are testing the capabilities that we can take a small force to an isolated area and be able to secure it in a rapid manner.

“Our mission is to come from the defensive position. We are working off of limited information in an isolated area and seeing exactly how we are able to defend it.”

According to the USMC, the mission aligns with Marine Corps Force Design 2030 plan.

During the Iron Sky exercise, which was conducted for the very first time in the USMC history, service staff from different branches gathered in Japan’s Okinawa to depart to Wake Island.

Wake Island serves as a mid-Pacific refuelling stop for military jets and is also used as an emergency landing area.

The 3rd Marine Logistic Group 9th ESB combat engineer squad leader US Marine sergeant Henry Couch said: “Iron Sky is an exercise that has never been done before.

“It involves us determining whether or not there will be a simulated threat and being able to establish ourselves in a defensive position on a location in a rapid manner.”

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