29th BEB, Marines make a bang with shotguns

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Combat engineers from the 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, brace themselves during a live explosive door breaching at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Aug. 30, 2017. Army combat engineers and Marines trained together on a variety of door breaching techniques. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers and Marines made more than just a loud bang as they breached doors and other targets on the ranges, here, Aug. 29-31.

Combat Engineers from the 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, worked with Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.

“The purpose of this training is to bring the Marine unit attending to a proficiency level at conducting urban breaching using demolition and shotguns,” said 1st Lt. Alan Verdin, route clearance platoon leader assigned to the 29th BEB.

A Marine from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay, goes through a door breaching dry run at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Aug. 30, 2017. Combat engineers from the 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, trained with the Marines on door breaching techniques. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

About 15 Soldiers provided 25 Marines with invaluable training on breaching targets with shotguns and demolition charges.

“One of the key tasks of the engineers is to provide mobility for maneuver commanders and units,” said Verdin. “Like all battlefields, urban areas have their own set of obstacles that require specialized training and tools to navigate through. The purpose of this training is to become proficient in conducting breaching in an urban environment using demolition and weaponry such as shotguns.”

“The Marines have been exceptionally professional and helpful to work with,” he continued. “Last week, we sent two NCOs (noncommissioned officers) to their shotgun qualification. Even though we work on the same island, traditionally, we have not worked together much. Hopefully, we can continue training together and strengthen both units.”

Second Lt. Charles Simpson, weapons platoon commander, Company F, 2nd Bn., 3rd Marine Regt., stated the intent of the training is just to give Marine assault men experience with urban breaching.

“Basically we’re blowing the hinges and the doorknobs off of these doors that we’re setting up right now,” Simpson said. “So, we’re using the Benelli and Mossberg shotguns, and we’re using detonation cord at this particular range.”

For the ballistic breach, a special breaching cartridge was used by both Marine and Army shotguns.
The Marines were introduced to the Army’s M26 shotgun, which was specifically designed for urban breaching.

“I think (the M26) was a lot better than using the Benelli or the Mossberg,” said Sgt. Tyrell Bennett, an assault man, Co. F, 2nd Bn., 3rd Marine Regt. “The Mossberg is pretty good, but the M26 surpasses both of those in handling.”

A Marine from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay, places a demolition charge on a door at Schofield Barracks, on Aug. 30, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Bennett said he found the combat engineers very knowledgeable and easy to work with.

“They have their own (standard operating procedures), and sometimes, incorporating them can be hard, but essentially we call everything the same thing. The best thing from the training is probably morale, and it refreshed my current knowledge.”

Spc. Rogelio Rodriguez, a combat engineer assigned to the 29th BEB and one of the Soldiers leading the ballistic breach for the Marines, said he enjoyed working with those from other services.

Rodriguez provided the Marines with helpful input on how to plan and form the appropriate demolition charges against metal doors.

“I’ve trained with the Marines before,” he said. “They’re really good people to train with. I had one past experience where we did field expedient charges, and we got to build like grape shots, bangalores and etc. It’s really interesting because when they come over they like to learn and they get a great knowledge out of us.”

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