San Diego’s Marine Reserve unit returns to amphibious roots
By Pfc. Michelle S. Mattei
| Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | July 21, 2010
MARINE CORPS BASEC CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
Base or Station
From the ancient Greek’s amphibious attacks on the City of Troy, to the lasting impression of World War II’s landing operations, amphibious assaults have been a battle method that has contributed to the victory of many conflicts.
The impression continues for the reserve Marines of Alpha Company, 4th Tank Battalion, San Diego. The unit simulated their first amphibious land-and-assault exercise on Camp Pendleton’s Red Beach, July 19, as part of their annual training.
“This is the first time our company has ever performed this type of landing operation for training,” said Gunnery Sgt. Anthony Jefferies, acting tank leader, Alpha Company, 4th Tank Battalion. “Even though amphibious activity isn’t prevalent in war today, it’s still important that we have our Marines stay true to their amphibious nature.”
More than 70 service members came together for this event. The 10-day activity began on the shore line of Red beach and is scheduled to end at the 41 Area, July 26.
During the exercise, Marines are learning how to accomplish mission-essential tasks using Landing Craft Air Cushions, tanks and convoys. The mission includes transporting weapon systems, equipment, cargo and personnel while performing assault scenarios utilizing the Marine Air/Ground Task Force.
“Amphibious warfare’s greatest advantage is its mobility and flexibility,” said Jefferies. “In the instance we get activated, it’s important that we know how to be efficient at our job.”
Besides their monthly duties, reserve Marines are required to complete annual training that usually consists of a two-week period spent in a field-training environment. Fourth Tanks is making the most of this year’s annual training by learning how to apply their job to a combat situation.
“It’s a great opportunity for fellow reservists to get together for more than just one weekend a month,” said Sgt. Matthew L. Gay, acting platoon sergeant, Alpha Company, 4th Tank Battalion. “I learned so much more from participating in this type of hands-on activity.”