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The Marine Corps conducts the largest training exercise in decades at 29 Palms

MAGTF Warfighting Exercise 1800
Patrick King/U.S. Marine Corps

It's been decades since the Marines have conducted a war game of this magnitude.

Ten thousand Marines, sailors and international NATO troops participated in this massive training exercise.

The troops were put against each other in a series of force-on-force battles, preparing them to fight and win against a thinking and adapting enemy force.

A majority of the troops who participated in the exercise are from North Carolina-based 2nd Marine Division which rarely trains on the scale provided at the 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Warfighting Exercise, or MWX, ran for six days, and saw Marines integrate all elements of the MAGTF: ground combat, aviation, logistics, and command and control.

This unique exercise challenged Marine leaders at all levels of command to make decisions and adapt to an ever changing environment, better preparing 2nd Marine Division for the chaos and uncertainty of the modern battlefield.

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Dani Romero


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