5/9/2012 By Cpl. John Robbart III , 15th MEU

NAVAL AIR STATION EL CENTRO, Calif. — More than 400 Marines and sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit began conducting the ground portion of Realistic Urban Training, here, May 7.

The training aims to integrate the Command Element, and its Maritime Raid Force, with the Aviation Combat Element. It will be conducted in unfamiliar areas to better train the Marines in taking urban environments into consideration when conducting missions.

“Realistic urban training allows the Marines and sailors of the 15th MEU to exercise vital skill sets that better prepare them for what they face while forward deployed,” said Col. Scott D. Campbell, commanding officer, 15th MEU. “Bringing together the entire Marine Air Ground Task Force in an exercise such as this one allows us to train our Maritime Raid Force, conduct shore-based command and control and provide our ACE with quality, realistic training,” added Campbell.

The exercise will present unique challenges to prepare all elements of the MAGTF.

“This training is really important because the more practice we get, the more effective we will be,” said Lance Cpl. Jacob K. Uhler, machine gunner, Security Element, Maritime Raid Force, 15th MEU. “We need to be a prepared for a variety of missions, and this is preparing us for a portion of the missions that could be conducted on land,” added the 19-year-old native of Loomis, Calif.

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