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Sweathogs simulate combat on Ft. Stewart

By Lance Cpl. Jonah V. Lovy | Marine Aircraft Group 31 | June 12, 2015



 Elements from Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 executed a field training ex­ercise on Fort Stewart, Ga., June 1-7.

Marines completed simulated combat exercises over the course of the six day exercise. The purpose of the training was to simulate the unpredictable nature of combat, said Gunnery Sgt. Mark McBride, a company first sergeant with MWSS-273, Marine Aircraft Group 31.

“None of the Marines were aware of when a simulated attack was coming, but when one did they had to respond quickly and gain accountability of their Marines and gear,” said McBride.

Motor Transport, Air Operations, and Headquarters Company all participated in the exercise. Motor Transport executed night convoys. Air Operations rehearsed re­fueling jets in a combat environment. Head­quarters Company focused on maintaining functionality and accountability under haz­ardous conditions. “The exercise gave junior Marines a chance to learn from their mistakes,” said Mc­Bride. “Several Marines that were part of the exercise had never been placed in a situa­tion like this before.”

“Time in the field helps us prepare for real life combat situations and brings us clos­er as a unit,” said Pfc. Peralta Altamirano, a bulk refueler with MWSS-273.

The exercise was not the first simulated combat train­ing executed by MWSS-273, and it won’t be the last. The squadron plans to return to Ft. Stewart this December.

“The training was 100 percent successful,” said Mc­Bride. “I look forward to doing it again.”