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Fox 2/4 Ride with Kormar in Indonesia

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Story Number: NNS080311-27
Release Date: 3/11/2008 3:53:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Joshua J. Wahl, Fleet Public Affairs Center Detachment Sasebo, Japan

KARENTEKOK, Republic of Indonesia (NNS) -- Marines from Fox Company Battalion Landing Team 2, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted bilateral Combat Rubber Raiding Craft beach landing exercises with Indonesian marines at Benungan Beach, March 10.

USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) Sailors and 31st MEU Marines at the invitation of the government of Indonesia are conducting field training exercises and humanitarian civic action projects to enhance interoperability and promote goodwill, strengthen relationships and advance regional security.

The U.S. Marines started their training day with their Indonesian counterparts by running through boat operations including; boat handling, practical tactics and operational safety.

"Above all safety is paramount and must be understood by everybody in the boat," said Gunnery Sgt. Christopher D. Demuro, Fox Co. leading gunnery sergeant. "After we have an understanding of the craft we can work together successfully as a team."

The beach raid exercise represents the first times both marines have had a chance to train together in over 10 years.

"This is an excellent opportunity for us as we haven't experienced for a long time to work worked with Indonesians Marines in a long time," said Marine Capt. Douglas Krugman, foreign area officer for the U.S. Embassy of Indonesia. "Both sides have definitely had a great opportunity to strengthen their relationship working together here today."

Many Indonesian Kormar marines echoed the accomplishment of bilateral operations on the beach throughout the combined exercise.

"The American Marines were very kind to have answered all of our question [and] give us great advice," said Indonesian 2nd Lt. Helilintar Laksono, 3rd Platoon Commander, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry marines. "We look forward now and in the future to more of these exercises together."

From March 10-19, Marines and Sailors from Combat Logistics Battalion 31, Battalion Lading Team 2/4 and Sailors from Harpers Ferry will participate in a subject-matter exchange program, tactical engineering training and medical/dental civic action projects with Indonesian marines unit around Karentekok.

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