October 19, 2019 – In Breaking News – Military .com
The Marine Corps hasn’t done anything like it in decades.
Ten thousand Marines, sailors and NATO troops have descended on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California’s Mojave Desert for a massive training exercise.
The troops will be pitted against each other in a force-on-force battle as they prepare for a different kind of fight — one against an enemy with sophisticated equipment and skills.
(U.S. Marines with Company I, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment conduct a platoon-sized attack on range 410A during the Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 1-20 aboard Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Oct. 03, 2019. The purpose of ITX 1-20 is to create a challenging, realistic training environment that produces combat-ready forces capable of operating as an integrated MAGTF. (Courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps by Sgt. Sylvia L. Tapia.)
Most of the Marines participating are from the North Carolina-based 2nd Marine Division, which hasn’t conducted a multi-regimental live-maneuver exercise in decades.
The unscripted Marine Air-Ground Task Force Warfighting Exercise, or MWX, will run for days.
In a Wednesday release announcing it, Marine officials called it “unlike any exercise held at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center.”
“An exercise of this scale – force-on-force, multi-regiment outfitted with significant information operations and [unmanned-aerial system] assets – hasn’t been conducted in the Marine Corps in my lifetime,” Maj. Gen. David Furness, 2nd Marine Division’s commanding general, said in the release.
It will test Marines to operate against a “thinking enemy,” he added.
That’s something that was on Gen. David Berger’s mind since before he became the Marines’ top general.
(U.S. Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, conduct a platoon-sized attack on range 410A during the Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 5-19 aboard Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July. 29, 2019. The purpose of ITX 5-19 is to create a challenging, realistic training environment that produces combat-ready forces capable of operating as an integrated MAGTF. (Courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps by Skylar M. Harris, Tim Hunter and YouTube.)
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