The following is a release from Cpl. Joey Mendez of the II Marine Expeditionary Force:
Twenty-five field artillery cannoneers with 10th Marine Regiment made the transformation into assistant gunners and gunners ready to operate a M777A2 Howitzer by taking part in the Artillery Assistant Gunners and Gunners Course in November at Camp Lejeune.
According to ‘MCWP 3-16.1 Artillery Operations’, the mission of artillery is to furnish close and continuous fire support by neutralizing, destroying or suppressing targets that threaten the success of the supported unit by providing timely, close, accurate, and continuous fire support. In order to ensure this mission is accomplished the duty of the gunner and a-gunner are crucial to the section.
The purpose of this month-long training is to transition cannoneers into confident and proficient gunners and a-gunners capable of conducting fire missions.
“The a-gunner helps elevate and suppress the tube to allow accurate fires, while the gunner is the one who has to be aware of everything that is going on with the gun,” said Sgt. James Norman, a course instructor with the unit.
Throughout the course the Marines complete 80 hours of classroom instruction and 120 …Read the Rest
Source:: Tactical Life