Camp Lejeune massive training exercise

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WITN) - A mass scale military exercise took place in the East Tuesday.

Marines conducted exercise Steel Pike Nineteen. It was the largest Marine Corps air assault exercise on the East Coast in over 10 years.

Master Sergeant Luis Macias from Camp Lejeune said, "This exercise hasn't been done in several years, we're talking 10 to 20 years, so it's a pretty big deal. Right now we're combining multiple battalions as part of this regimental air assault, not only Marine Units, but we've got some army units as well.

The training combined air and ground combat tactics, with assistance from Army aircraft as well. Fifteen military aircraft flew along the crystal coast and landed at a Camp Lejeune airfield this afternoon.

"An exercise like this would be really important in a real-life situation in terms of seizing ground initially in a posted area. So, because it's such a large force, they're able to capture multiple large enemy objectives," said 1st Lieutenant Troy Scharfen.

There was a possibility of canceling the exercise due to weather, but they were able to carry it out after a few hours of delay.