Marine Reservists Train With Howitzers At Fort Drum

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Marine reservists from Pennsylvania are at Fort Drum to train with Howitzers.

Marines often use them to provide backup for troops when they are in a dangerous situation.

They like to have additional support out there for them to take the enemy's attention away from them so they can move around or go through or basically accomplish their objectives," said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Warnke, commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines.

Marines say Howitzers are extremely accurate.

They are used in battle to target buildings and large areas.

"Usually if it's just one person, the infantry units on the ground can take care of that, but if they're pinned down by a pretty solid defense, then they will call this in because we can hit them more accurately and safer than they could," said Sergeant Gregory Henshaw, section chief for Hotel Battery 314.
 
Marines say training at Fort Drum helps them to get used to using the Howitzers in environments they're not used to.

"We can't control the environment that we are called to and so we are likely to train in many different environments so that way we know that when the time comes, we'll be prepared for anything," said Henshaw.

To help prepare for anything, the Marine reservists trained at Fort Drum for two weeks.

It's that preparation that could help Marines save the day when they are in a fiery situation.

Sunday, November 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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