MARINE COPRS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE,N.C. --
Pfc. Ryan E. Turnage
Marine Corps Base
October 19, 2007
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Humvee rollovers are unexpected incidents in a combat zone and only one thing can build the confidence of the Marines found in these unfortunate situations to excavate them safely, Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer.
“This is great training that provides Marines the opportunity to experience an actual rollover and helps them to stay calm,” said Sgt. Stephen James, a radio operator and one of the first to partake in the new training simulation.
Marines enter the simulator in groups of four to fill every seat in the Humvee. Each group involved in the training will be put into four different scenarios which cover every angle of excavation and injury procedures. An instructor calls out the scenario they will be simulating and engages the power to rotate the machine 360 degrees in both directions. All four Marines must exit the simulator and provide full security.
As the machine rotates it disorientates the Marines, causing them to struggle to remain calm, said Lt. Col. Michael Kaine, the II Marine Expeditionary Forces’ training officer.
“In combat, accidents happen and this training device will build familiarity and confidence for the Marines,” he said.
Confidence is the main goal of this training, he said, and we expect to be receiving four more simulators. Even though the Marines will be disoriented, they can get out of the vehicle, provide security and accomplish it in a timely manner.
“The primary purpose of the training is to breed familiarity and to practice common mistakes,” said Joe Purcell, the Director of Modeling Simulations for Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. This is the first ground simulation training provided to Camp Lejeune, he said.
“It plays a key factor in the survival of our troops when put into extreme situations.”
Many Marines have deployed and many more will, such as Sgt. Randy Jewitt. He expects to train with the simulator quite often before he deploys.
“It’s very realistic and definitely builds confidence in my ability to exit the vehicle and assist my fellow Marines who may be injured while remaining calm,” said Jewitt.