Navy Combat Cameramen "Sight In" With Tactics Training

Story Number: NNS150804-06Release Date: 8/4/2015 10:40:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gabriel Bevan, Expeditionary Combat Camera

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Active duty and reserve Sailors assigned to Expeditionary Combat Camera (ECC) participated in a weeklong Combat Marksmanship training evolution in Southeast Virginia, July 27-31.

Sailors were taught requisite mental and combat preparedness, equipment familiarization, weapons handling, safety, marksmanship, combat tactics-techniques-procedures and survival skills training required to successfully perform their duties in a combat environment.

"This training will significantly improve COMCAM's capability to support special operations forces and other operations; assist in increasing force protection and operational readiness in potentially stressful and dangerous environments," said Mike Loo, president SECTRA Training and facilitator of the training. "The crawl, walk, run training philosophy combined with sufficient repetition is practiced throughout the course and is a key factor in achieving skills retention."

Sailors participated in dynamic pistol and rifle principles, shooting from behind and around barricades, tactical reloading, as well as advanced marksmanship principles. During the course they were tested on the training topics with a timed practical weapons course involving both the M9 Berretta and M4A1 carbine rifle.

Each participant expended more than 2,200 rounds respectively over the course of the week.

Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Brewster, Sailor assigned to ECC's reserve component, attended the training last year and believes that attending the course this year has been beneficial.

"This is my second time in the course being trained with SECTRA, they are very knowledgeable," said Brewster. "This was a good refresher for those of us who have attended in the past, and a great opportunity to quickly improve proficiency with weapons handling and tactics for those with little training previously."

Combat cmeramen are expected to be technically and tactically proficient as mass communication specialists in order to better support their customers. These highly trained Sailors support a wide range of missions from combatant commanders and contingency operations, to training exercises and humanitarian missions.

"This type of training is paramount in forming successful combat cameramen," said Arlington Durden, ECC training coordinator. "It is important that our Sailors have the skill sets to do their jobs as mass communication specialists, and at the same time, be able to protect themselves and support the forces they are embedded with."

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