MSRON 7 Improves Readiness through Monster Mash on Guam

Story Number: NNS100803-11Release Date: 8/3/2010 4:17:00 PM
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By Jesse Leon Guerrero, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 7 held its quarterly Monster Mash exercise to test its Sailors physically and mentally at U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) July 30.

More than 70 Sailors separated into groups of eight to tackle the exercises at training stations spread over the nine-mile course, which started at the command's compound. Each of the six stations challenged participants with specific tasks focused on combat skills and other training required of MSRON 7's personnel.

"It's a little more high speed than I thought it would be, and we haven't even made it halfway through," Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Jabril Muhammad said after hiking from Dadi Beach to near the Orote Airfield. "We're actually going over skills that we do in the field and that we do on missions."

Muhammad and his teammates on Team 1 took several minutes at the Orote station to write out answers to questions dealing with rules of engagement, justifications for the use of deadly force, radio communications, and other subjects.

Other stations required navigating with map coordinates, utilizing tactical movements to secure routes, applying first aid and transporting a simulated victim with injuries, assembling and using a multiband radio, and disassembling and assembling different firearms. All of the teams' performances were based on how fast they could complete the tasks and without errors, which would add penalty minutes to their overall time.

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Maurice Speaks said it was his fourth time to participate in a Monster Mash.

"We get to show off our physical skills along with what we've been learning in training," Speaks said. "It's a collaboration, putting it all together. It works out and it's a good test."

Chief Master-at-Arms (EXW/FMF) Glen Golden said the Monster Mash will help prepare the command for Unit Level Training Readiness Assessment certification tests in October. The teams have to prove they can properly clear a road, go on patrol, and safely conduct other tasks that rely on their individual combat skills.

"Individual combat skills are basic unit skills that are required for any environment we work in," Golden said.

MSRON 7, which was commissioned in May 2004, provides rapidly deployable forces to conduct or support anti-terrorism and force protection missions. It promotes the Maritime Strategy by providing security for American citizens, through the application of sea power, and by strengthening partnerships with allied nations.

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Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jesse Izdepski, left, and Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Phillip Channer assemble a multi-band radio at a communications training station during a Monster Mash exercise at U.S. Naval Base Guam.
100730-N-1906L-007 SANTA RITA, Guam (July 30, 2010) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jesse Izdepski, left, and Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Phillip Channer, both assigned to Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 7, assemble a multi-band radio at a communications training station during the command's Monster Mash exercise at U.S. Naval Base Guam. (U.S. Navy photo by Jesse Leon Guerrero/Released)
August 3, 2010
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