AL QUWEYRAH, Jordan — Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division began their training period alongside the Jordanian 77th Marines Battalion with a grenade range and military operations in urban terrain tactics exercise in in Al Quweyrah, Jordan, May 16, 2016.

Marines began their day of training with MOUT tactics that included exterior to interior movement of buildings following the steps of reconnaissance of an area, isolation of the area, gaining a foothold and holding security.

“We had participants communicate and approach their objective, while security ensured fire wouldn’t come from other directions,” said Cpl. Caleb J. Heinsz, a team leader with Alpha Company. “We covered how to get through windows and doorways, and identify if those entrances have improvised explosive devices.”

The exercise was repeated with separate teams of Marines and Jordanians before an integration of the two was applied and the drills completed successfully.

“Being out here helps build relationships, not just between us and the Jordanians but with each other. Operations like this allow us to really bond and develop the way we work together,” Heinsz said.


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