The US Marine Corps‘ 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing conducted a large-scale tactical exercise, Eager Response 2016, at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
The exercise, which involved participation of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, displayed the unit’s capacity to transport, tactically insert, support, and conduct high-intensity, combined-arms operations with a battalion-sized infantry force.
During the exercise, the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) was subject to a series of events including casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refuelling.
Three to six marines were ferried from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, in MV-22B Ospreys and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters to engage them in a long-range insert of a battalion-sized force into the remote training area of the US Army base.
The exercise allowed cross-training between the ground and air units and involved aerial deliveries from a KC-130J aircraft.
Similarly, the ground forces honed their skills in casualty evacuation procedures through a simulated evacuation scenario and the air unit engaged their assets for transport aboard the Super Stallion aircraft.
The exercise is said to fortify the Marine Air Wing (MAW) and Marine Division (MARDIV) to operate as an integrated MAGTF.
Sixth Marine Regiment commanding officer lieutenant colonel Mahar said: "We fight and we train as a MAGTF.
"Our ability to work together with the wing and conduct inserts like we did with more than 400 Marines on multiple aircraft allows us to rapidly build up combat power in any zone and flood our forces in the area to conduct operations."
Image: A marine stands security during casualty evacuation drills at Fort Stewart. Photo: courtesy of PFC. Nicholas Baird.