Local

May 17, 2013

Take Aim

Engineers deliver rounds downrange

Marines from the Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, a reserve unit stationed at Luke Air Force Base, conducted weapons training May 4 at the Arizona Army National Guard’s Florence Military Reservation to refresh on three crew-served weapon systems: the M2 50-caliber machine gun, MK-19 automatic grenade launcher and the M240B machine gun.

“We try to go out to Florence a couple of times a year,” said Sgt. Daniel Gonzalez, 6th ESB engineer equipment operator.

Battalion members conduct periodic weapons training for those new to the unit and to prepare for future deployments.

“The purpose is to get a refresher for those of us who have not fired the weapons in some time and to give training to the ones who have never fired them before,” said Master Sgt. Terry Kirkham, 6th ESB operations chief. “It’s like any other training, but particularly useful to those most likely to deploy to a combat zone.”

Safety is priority for Marines whenever they conducted training. Paint rounds were used with the MK-19, and a (range spotter) watched over the shooters and range. However, every Marine is in charge of range safety and they constantly look for potential hazards to include animals on the range, overheated weapons or weapons’ safety violations.
 
130504-F-HT977-694
 
U.S. Marines from the Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, fire an M240B May 4. The Marines were getting refresher training on crew-served weapons systems.
130504-F-HT977-004
 
Marines receive a convoy brief before traveling to the firing range at the Arizona Army National Guard’s Florence Military Reservation. The convoy brief is for maintaining safety and communication during travel to Florence and covers contingencies in the event of an emergency.
130504-F-HT977-1148
 
Lance Cpl. Jared Colegrove and Pfc. Dana Wallis, tactical motor transportation operators with C Company, 6th ESB, 4th MLG, sort brass and links by size at the firing range to recycle for future reuse.
130504-F-HT977-487
 
Master Sgt. Terry Kirkham, operations chief with C Company, 6th ESB, 4th MLG, fires an M2 50-caliber machine gun. The Marines train on weapon systems in Florence a couple times a year.
130504-F-HT977-766
 
Gunnery Sgt. Mark Smith, a petroleum engineer with C Company, 6th ESB, 4th MLG, looks through binoculars at the firing range at the Florence Military Reservation. Smith was looking for safety hazards that would result in a ceasefire such as animals, people or vehicles on the range.
130504-F-HT977-1151
 
Marines conduct a brass check to ensure they don’t have any brass on themselves after firing crew-served weapons at the Florence Military Reservation firing range. Brass can pose a safety risk, so a Marine and all of their equipment is checked each time they come off the firing line.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Grace Lee

Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was...
 
 

Financial responsibility — vital to readiness

In the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, there is a line in the movie where the soldiers are told to make sure they sign up for life insurance to ensure their next-of-kin gets $10,000 upon the soldier’s death. While none of us are about to make a combat jump in 1944 to fight the Nazis, Airmen...
 
 

Adapt, overcome, succeed

Change is inevitable, especially in today’s Air Force. If you’ve been serving for more than a few years, it’s likely you’ve experienced everything from new physical fitness requirements to the implementation of force management programs. Enlisted performance reports and feedback forms have been altered and changes to the promotion system are rapidly approaching. We expect...
 

 
Courtesy Photo

Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th A...
 
 

News Briefs January 23, 2015

VH1 concert VH1 and sponsors supporting the event are hosting a Super Bowl Blitz concert featuring Fall Out Boy and Charli XCX at 5 p.m. Jan. 30 in Hangar 999 as a “Thank you” to those who serve in the U.S. military. Members of the Luke community are invited and the concert is free. Service...
 
 
Courtesy Photo

Civilian answers AF call, gets dream job

Courtesy Photo Senior Airman Kristina Inocencio, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron engineer technician, measures the distance from the tree to the building Jan. 15 during survey training at Luke Air Force Base. One of Inocencio’s ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin