IEDs are the leading cause of death among marines. Many of them got the opportunity to learn more about them Thursday and how to identify them through a series of exercises
The training was at a new base facility called Homestation Training Lanes located aboard Camp Lejeune.This training station is the first of its class in the Marine Corps with a facility that includes three indoor classrooms, two outdoor classrooms, and two mock villages with IED simulators, roadways, overpasses, culverts and intersections. Marines learned about some of the types of technology used to help combat IEDs such as a robot.
"To see where we were at then and to where we're at now is a huge increase not only in capabiliites but overall protection for the marines as well." said staff Sgt. James Nungesser.
The station is managed by the Marine Corps Engineering Center and will be available for defeat device training for day and nighttime operations.