Sailors assigned to Marine Corps Security Forces Company (MCSFCo.), Bangor, received combat training during a Basic Security Guard class held at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, June 28.
â€œInstructors from the Mobile Training Team are out here from Chesapeake
, Va., to train our Sailors' basic security skills,â€ said Marine Lt. Col. James Dillon, commanding officer of MCSFCo. â€œThis is the first time our Sailors have gone through the class and our goal is to have each member of our unit undergo the training.â€
The Basic Security Guard class entails classroom and â€œhands-onâ€ training during the four-day training session. Service members learn the basics from rules of engagement, self-defense and basic urban skill tactics.
â€œI enjoy being able to pass on our knowledge and our skills to the students,â€ said Staff Sgt. Travis Gilliand, instructor assigned to Mobile Training Team of Marine Force Corps Training Command. â€œThis is the first time weâ€™ve worked with Sailors and it is great to incorporate training with other branches.â€
For most Sailors, training was a way to improve at their profession.
â€œSecurity is part of our job and this course helps us gain a better understanding of how important we are to the safekeeping of our community,â€ said Master-at-Arms Seaman Brian Kern. â€œThe best part of training was establishing teamwork and gaining knowledge we can apply to our job."
For other Sailors, the hands-on training gave them a sense of realism.
â€œThe best part of training was the different scenarios during field training,â€ said Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Jeff Gagin. â€œBeing out on the training field gave us a perspective on how to handle breach situations and how to maneuver with our weapons.â€
â€œTraining was a lot of fun and the hands-on experience kept training exciting,â€ said Master-at-Arms Seaman Armando Rivero. â€œGoing through the course prepared us for real-life scenarios and taught us to be ready for anything.â€
Approximately 350 Sailors compliment 430 Marines for MCSFCo, who provide security throughout the region.
â€œI hope that the Navy and Marines continue to combine training because it is valuable to our job,â€ said Master-at-Arms Seaman Joshua Desalla. â€œThe instructors were awesome and everything weâ€™ve learned will be applied to what we do to improve our security forces.â€
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Maebel Tinoko, Fleet Public Affairs Center Det. Northwest