Cruising at 10,000 feet above the ground, Marines gaze down at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, Feb. 23.

Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion are capable of numerous insertion techniques, but air insertion is considered one of their most effective. The unit’s purpose is to provide ground and amphibious reconnaissance and surveillance in support of 2nd Marine Division. Although this was annual sustainment training and nothing unique for a Recon Marine, it reassures the Marines that when the time comes, they will be swift, silent and deadly.

“You never know where you are going to fight or how you are going get there, so you have to be ready for whatever is coming,” said Capt. Andrew Pappas, a platoon commander with 2nd Recon.

Junior Marines and their experienced leaders conduct their annual jumps together to share their knowledge from prior deployments and real-world experiences.

The Marines need both the guidance and leadership of the more experienced jumpers or the training is near ineffective, Pappas added.

“Jumping is a high risk activity, so doing this training together helps build trust in your fellow Marine,” said Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Keeling a jumpmaster and platoon sergeant with 2nd Recon. “If you can trust a jumpmaster to guide you from an aircraft, you can trust him in combat.”

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Photo courtesy of Lance Cpl. Miranda Faughn