DURNESS, Scotland -- One thing the general public knows, without a doubt, is that Marines are tough. They go in, complete their objective by any means necessary, and then get out as quickly as possible to prepare for the next mission. But what the general public doesn't know is the vast amount of time and effort that goes into ensuring those Marines come home safe and successful.
For the Marine Corps Reservists of 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Force Headquarters Group, who are treated to the daily high heat and humidity of southern Florida, taking part in exercises outside their comfort zone is what makes them successful in whatever they do.
Dismissing the warm weather of home, this year 4th ANGLICO is in Durness, Scotland, from April 18-May 2 for their annual training. Here, for Joint Warrior 18-1, their plan is to spend their two weeks focusing and developing their ability to plan, coordinate and execute a multitude of live fire operations with supporting partner nations.
Aside from that overall objective, the Marines were given the chance to take part in what many in the Marine Corps community can only dream of -- survival training. Against the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands, with its cold, rainy and windy landscape and mountainous terrain, survival can depend on the way a Marine conducts his or her tasks, techniques and procedures. This training offered a glimpse into what it would take to adapt to operations in an environment that is both physically and mentally taxing.