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Staff Sgt. Apollo Flores radios commands during live-fire training here Jan. 30. The 28-year-old El Paso, Texas, native serves as a section leader with Battalion Landing Team 3/1, the ground combat element for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The unit is currently providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Photo by Sgt. Elyssa Quesada

Fire, maneuver keep anti-armor team sharp

30 Jan 2012 | Sgt. Elyssa Quesada 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

A platoon of anti-armor Marines mounted tactical vehicles and fired small-arms weapons to engage training targets at a range here Jan. 30 in their first live-fire and maneuver exercise since deploying November 2011 with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. 

Combine Anti-Armor Team 1 – one of two teams in Weapons Company – provide specialized firepower for the unit’s ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 3/1.

The platoon laid down suppressive fire from medium and heavy machine guns while motoring toward an enemy simulation. 

“It’s important to continually train because as a combined anti-armor team, we have to be able to move as a mounted force to accomplish a mission,” said platoon sergeant Gunnery Sgt. Lewis Layton. Layton, 29, hails from New Port Richey, Fla.

Sgt. Benjamin Wooden, a vehicle commander with the platoon, said the training helped each Marine identify his deficiencies and work on gunnery skills.

“They did really well,” Wooden said. “It was a good opportunity to come out and conduct conventional operations.”

Elements of the unit are currently deployed aboard USS Makin Island as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force. The group is providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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