MLG home of second largest ISMT
US Marine Corps News
7/11/2008 By Lance Cpl. Meghan J. McNabb, 2nd Marine Logistics Group
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (July 11, 2008) — With operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom underway, training is vital to a Marine’s success on the battlefield. The Marines who work at the 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer bring their knowledge and expertise of Marine Corps weapon systems to help train Marines and sailors at the second largest ISMT in the Marine Corps.
The 2nd MLG’s ISMT is second only to the ISMT at MCB Quantico, Va. It has the ability to fire almost every weapon system in the Marine Corps, including a missile system used to take down helicopters. The trainer also has three large screens that allow for machine gun training and is home to the only functional up-armored ring mount turret in the Marine Corps.
“We have a lot of practical experience with turrets, turret mounts and technical problems that Marines might encounter,” said Cpl. Shawn M. Seguin, chief instructor at the ISMT. “Because I’ve dealt with the problems, I know ways to work with them and can pass that knowledge on to Marines who’ve never used them before.”
On average, the Marines working at the ISMT have multiple deployments under their belt and use that experience to assist in their training. Cpl. Michael D. Douglas, a 2nd MLG ISMT instructor, has deployed to Iraq three times and Afghanistan once. As a result of his time spent deployed, he has a better understanding of a variety of weapons and uses that knowledge to train Marines deploying for the first time.
“Our main focus is to get Marines comfortable with shooting weapons,” Douglas said. “We practice to get all the kinks and bugs worked out and get them comfortable with the simulated weapons before they go to live fire ranges.”
The ISMT trains an average of 1,000 Marines and sailors a month, breaking down fundamentals and practicing loading and clearing procedures, as well as different firing positions.
Due to its state-of-the-art capabilities, the ISMT has had foreign dignitaries, students, midshipmen and generals visit. They also have a Veterans Reunion, from the 1954 2nd Marine Air Wing, scheduled to tour the ISMT later this year.
Seguin said he takes pride in being an ISMT instructor, knowing the knowledge he teaches will help Marines during their deployments.
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