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'America's Battalion' improves infantry skills during Island Viper

By U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific | Marine Corps Base Hawaii | June 06, 2014

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U.S. Marines assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, provide security outside of a compound wall during a search and rescue mission at the Boondocker Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 29, 2014. The Marines from 3rd Bn., 3rd Marines conducted Amphibious, Offensive, and Stability Operations which developed small unit level leadership and increased their lethality and ability to fight whenever the battalion is called upon. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, provide security outside of a compound wall during a search and rescue mission at the Boondocker Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 29, 2014. The Marines from 3rd Bn., 3rd Marines conducted Amphibious, Offensive, and Stability Operations which developed small unit level leadership and increased their lethality and ability to fight whenever the battalion is called upon. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)


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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tylon L. Williams Jr., a squad leader assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, rescues a simulated hostage during a search and rescue mission at the Boondocker Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 29, 2014. The Marines from 3rd Bn., 3rd Marines conducted Amphibious, Offensive, and Stability Operations which developed small unit level leadership and increased their lethality and ability to fight whenever the battalion is called upon. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tylon L. Williams Jr., a squad leader assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, rescues a simulated hostage during a search and rescue mission at the Boondocker Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 29, 2014. The Marines from 3rd Bn., 3rd Marines conducted Amphibious, Offensive, and Stability Operations which developed small unit level leadership and increased their lethality and ability to fight whenever the battalion is called upon. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)


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MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Republic of Korea Marines conducting training with Marines from India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, learn how to enter and clear rooms with U.S. Marines during training at the Boondocker Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 27, 2014. The ROK Marines participated in operation Island Viper with U.S. Marines conducting Amphibious, Offensive, and Stability Operations to develop small unit level leadership and increased their lethality and ability to fight prior to large scale operations such as the Rim of the Pacific Exercise. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released)

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Republic of Korea Marines conducting training with Marines from India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, learn how to enter and clear rooms with U.S. Marines during training at the Boondocker Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 27, 2014. The ROK Marines participated in operation Island Viper with U.S. Marines conducting Amphibious, Offensive, and Stability Operations to develop small unit level leadership and increased their lethality and ability to fight prior to large scale operations such as the Rim of the Pacific Exercise. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)


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U.S. Marines assigned to India Company, 3D Battalion, 3D Marine Regiment, enter a compound gate during a search and rescue mission at the Boondocker Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base (MCB) Hawaii, May 29th, 2014. The Marines from 3/3 conducted Amphibious, Offensive, and Stability Operations which developed small unit level leadership and increased their lethality and ability to fight whenever the battalion is called upon. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to India Company, 3D Battalion, 3D Marine Regiment, enter a compound gate during a search and rescue mission at the Boondocker Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base (MCB) Hawaii, May 29th, 2014. The Marines from 3/3 conducted Amphibious, Offensive, and Stability Operations which developed small unit level leadership and increased their lethality and ability to fight whenever the battalion is called upon. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)


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Pfc. Calab Mills, a rifleman assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, provides security while Marines egress the area after a search and rescue mission at the Boondocker Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 29, 2014. The Marines from 3/3 conducted Amphibious, Offensive, and Stability Operations which developed small unit level leadership and increased their lethality and ability to fight whenever the battalion is called upon. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released)

Pfc. Calab Mills, a rifleman assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, provides security while Marines egress the area after a search and rescue mission at the Boondocker Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 29, 2014. The Marines from 3/3 conducted Amphibious, Offensive, and Stability Operations which developed small unit level leadership and increased their lethality and ability to fight whenever the battalion is called upon. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)


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MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII --

Exercise Island Viper was conducted to train three of the four infantry battalion core mission essential tasks; amphibious operations, offensive operations and stability operations.

During this training the unit focused on small unit-level leadership in order to increase their lethality and ability to fight whenever the battalion is called upon to fight. They conducted a live-fire squad attack, helicopter-borne operations, amphibious operations with amphibious assault vehicles and stability operations all led by the enlisted Marines at the squad leader level.

The regiment’s intent during this exercise was to develop and empower its noncommissioned officers. The Marines were evaluated by their noncommissioned officers and senior noncommissioned officers on their small unit leadership, weapons proficiency and lethality.

“All of our expectations and training objectives were met,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Donald Wilson, 3rd Bn., 3rd Marines operations chief. “The battalion looks forward to conducting more advanced exercises and refining our readiness during upcoming exercises like (Rim of the Pacific) and Desert Talon.”



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