2nd LAAD's primary responsibly is ground-base air defense. The battalion recently was tasked to serve as a security asset for
"We are refreshing our secondary responsibility as a ground combat security force," said Capt.
The Marines started their days with a patrol to the MOUT villages where they trained to assault hostile compounds with mock enemy combatants.
"During the past decade, both LAAD battalions have been assigned the task of providing air base ground defense in
The Marines used different methods of entry into buildings and trained to perfect their room clearing abilities. Room clearing is when a team of Marines enter a building with high probability of hostile forces in an attempt to neutralize the threat.
"The most important thing to remember is communication," said Sgt.
"The MOUT town gave us more variety in our training," said Andrews. "Normally if we wanted to do room clearing back at (
The training was a change of pace for the battery, allowing them to get away from the monotony of everyday training at the air station, said Cpl.
"It's a good switch for us," said Lefebvre. "The training gives us a chance to practice our entire job, not just the ground-base air defense."
The more practice the battery has, the smoother the movements and techniques will become, said Lefebvre.
"A big part of this training was building camaraderie among the Marines, building the brotherhood for which the
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