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An M777A2 howitzer, with Kilo Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3/1, is concealed under camouflage netting during a field exercise with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit here June 15. The purpose of the exercise is to prepare the unit for its upcoming deployment.

Photo by Sgt. Elyssa Quesada

Howitzers provide long range support

15 Jun 2011 | Sgt. Elyssa Quesada

Marines with Kilo Battery conducted live-fire drills to maintain operational readiness during a field exercise here June 15.

The battery, part of Battalion Landing Team 3/1, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, unloaded its M777A2 howitzers, aka triple sevens, over California’s rolling hills.

 “When the infantrymen need long range support they call on us,” said Sgt. Tashan D. Williams, 22, gun two section chief. 

After the section receives fire missions a combined effort of six Marines create a quick reaction and a hasty launch of each 155mm round.

 “Our goal, is to provide direct support for the MEU and battalion in any situation,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Cannon, 33, the platoon sergeant with 1st plt., Kilo Battery.

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