Thousands of U.S. military men and women have been killed and injured by improvised explosive devices- or IEDs. 368 U.S. soldiers were reported killed by IEDs in Afghanistan last year alone. Special training at Camp Lejeune Thursday helped marines and sailors know what to look for while fighting overseas. The training comes just as thousands will soon deploy to Afghanistan.
Officials say IED's account for nearly 80 percent of casualties coming out of Afghanistan. Marine leaders say training a way to educate troops on tactics and equipment used to detect IEDs and save lives.
"They do need to have an awareness of those threats that are out there because there will come a time whether its now in the immediate future or somewhere done the line during their tours as marines that they will encounter these kinds of things out there on the battlefield" said Lt. Colonel Patrick Keane,Second Marine Division.
20,000 marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force are going on a year -long deployment to Afghanistan at the end of the month.