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Field exercise test judgment of marines

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WNCT) - - Marines trained for challenges at war through a field exercise called the Simulated Casualty Evacuation.

The drill was held Wednesday afternoon at Camp Lejeune from the 8th Engineer Support Batallion of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group. 

The training exercise is treated like a real-life scenario. Marines are given a situation to solve similar to ones that can be presented when at war. 

One of Wednesday scenarios included locating a wounded marine in the woods. The injured troop had a few wounds on his left leg. 

1st Lt. Andrew Schrader, 2nd Platoon Cmmdr. of the Bravo Company for the 8th Engineer Support Battalion said when at war, "Coming across a casualty, assessing them [is] based on priority, what the method of injury is, injuries sustained." 

Once the coast is clear, the wounded marine is carried to the Casualty Collection Point --a designated safe spot to hold those injured. 

A marine nearby will then make a call to bring in what they call the bird, in other words, a helicopter. 

The wounded person will be air-lifted to the nearest medical facility to assist them with their injuries. 

The drills are practice to help those serving learn when to make the best judgment call. 

"So when they are on that real life situation, whey they are overseas that it'll seem like another training revolution," said 2nd Lt. Alec Croegaert, 2nd Platoon Cmmdr. of the Bravo Company for the 8th Engineer Support Battalion. 

The exercise serves as a reminder for marines on how to accomplish various tactics. 


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