MWSS-171 arrives at Camp Fuji

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U.S. Marines check fuel levels in a MK23 cargo truck during a convoy in Japan, July 14, 2018. The convoy took service members with MWSS-171 to Combined Arms Training Center (CATC) Camp Fuji in order to begin exercise Eagle Wrath 18, an annual training exercise assessing the squadron’s combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Seth Rosenberg)
U.S. Marines check fuel levels in a MK23 cargo truck during a convoy in Japan, July 14, 2018. The convoy took service members with MWSS-171 to Combined Arms Training Center (CATC) Camp Fuji in order to begin exercise Eagle Wrath 18, an annual training exercise assessing the squadron’s combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Seth Rosenberg)

MWSS-171 arrives at Camp Fuji

by: Lance Cpl. Seth Rosenberg | .
MCAS Iwakuni | .
published: August 09, 2018

Service members with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171 arrived at Combined Arms Training Center (CATC) Camp Fuji after a two-day tactical convoy starting at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, July 13 to July 15, 2018.

The squadron is participating in a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation exercise, Eagle Wrath 18, where the goal is to work with local forces to repel a simulated invasion on mainland Japan.

MWSS-171’s mission is to train Marines to respond to the demands of a combat situation in order to support Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12 in future operations. MWSS-171 will provide all essential aviation-ground support requirements to a designated fixed-wing component of an aviation combat element and all supporting or attached elements of the Marine Air Control Group.

Service members with MWSS-171 will train with a variety of weapons systems and techniques, as well as conduct patrols and live in the field. The squadron will finish their three-week exercise with a hike up Mount Fuji.

The first group that arrived was the Air Base Ground Defense (ABGD), which set up a Forward Operating Base (FOB). The group practiced defending the FOB by setting up a perimeter, conducting patrols, and practicing with different weapons systems on a range. The main body of MWSS-171 is scheduled to arrive at a later date to provide an augmented force to the ABGD already in place.

“We are all excited to begin training here.” Said U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jesus Ruiz, a motor transport operator with MWSS-171, “but I am mostly excited to climb Mount Fuji for the first time.”

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