Camp Pendleton hosts multiple Guard and active duty units for busy training weekend

Virginia Guard Soldiers from the Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct field artillery crew drills Jan. 11, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in preparation for live fire certification to be held later this year. The crews rehearsed setting up their M119A1 105mm howitzers, verifying lay, or the direction of the gun, processing fire missions and maintenance. (Courtesy photo)

Virginia Guard Soldiers from the Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct field artillery crew drills Jan. 11, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in preparation for live fire certification to be held later this year. The crews rehearsed setting up their M119A1 105mm howitzers, verifying lay, or the direction of the gun, processing fire missions and maintenance. (Courtesy photo)

CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Multiple National Guard and active duty Army units in the Virginia Beach area took advantage of the facilities at Camp Pendleton Jan. 11-12, 2014, in what the post commander called one of the busiest training weekends of the past 12 months.

According to Lt. Col. Elena M. Scarbrough, commander of Camp Pendleton, Soldiers from several Virginia National Guard units took advantage of the training facilities on post, and the Virginia National Guard’s Medical Command processed more than 600 personnel for periodic health assessments and dental exams.

Soldiers from the Camp Pendleton-based Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team utilized the obstacle course on post and used simulators for training on range estimation, call for fire and individual weapons marksmanship.

Soldiers from the Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted field artillery crew drills in preparation for live fire certification to be held later this year. The crews rehearsed setting up their M119A1 105mm howitzers, verifying lay, or the direction of the gun, processing fire missions and maintenance.

“We realize you had quite the volume on post with multiple units this weekend, and Camp Pendleton was overflowing, however the pre-coordination and the effort put forth by the staff on the ground was outstanding,” wrote Master Sgt. Christopher B. Robbins, operations NCO for the field artillery battalion, in an email to the post operations noncommissioned officer. “We had a very successful drill and PHA event, and we definitely look forward to coming back.”

Other training conducted on post during the weekend included physical fitness readiness testing by the 203rd RED HORSE Squadron, the 229th Military Police Company and 329th Regional Support Group. The 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted training to prepare for their upcoming federal mobilization, and several units used the distance learning center to conduct

The training wasn’t limited to Virginia National Guard units. The 437th Civil Affairs Battalion from Fort Story conducted live fire qualifications on individuals weapons.

Camp Pendleton is a state-owned 328-acre installation that provides training facilities for National Guard units, as well as all other DOD active and reserve units and public safety organizations. The post features administrative buildings, conference facilities, barracks, classrooms, dining facilities, a live-fire qualification range and nine different virtual trainers as well as a chapel, fitness center, distance learning center, wooded training areas, helipad, land navigation course and military access beach and amphibious landing site.

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