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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Personal Protection Team of SK13 puts rounds down range

By Cpl. Scott Reel | U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific | November 12, 2013

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Cpl. Thomas Cornwall, military policeman with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, from Ventura, Calif., and other members of a personal protection team receive a safety brief prior to a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex situations.

Cpl. Thomas Cornwall, military policeman with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, from Ventura, Calif., and other members of a personal protection team receive a safety brief prior to a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex situations. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Warrant Officer 1 Percy McLaughlin, warrant officer for Headquarters Deployable Joint Inter-Agency Task Force, New Zealand Defence Force, shows shooting techniques to members of a personal protection team during to a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex situations.

Warrant Officer 1 Percy McLaughlin, warrant officer for Headquarters Deployable Joint Inter-Agency Task Force, New Zealand Defence Force, shows shooting techniques to members of a personal protection team during to a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex situations. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Cpl. Thomas Cornwall, military policeman with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, from Ventura, California, re-marks his target during a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 strengthens military-to-military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Cpl. Thomas Cornwall, military policeman with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, from Ventura, California, re-marks his target during a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 strengthens military-to-military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Sgt. Jesse Keffer, military policeman with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, from Colorado Springs, Colo., assesses and fires upon his target during a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Sgt. Jesse Keffer, military policeman with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, from Colorado Springs, Colo., assesses and fires upon his target during a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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New Zealand Defence Force Sgt. Geoff Brown, personal protection officer, Military Police, informs members of a personal protection team about their ammunition and weapon prior to a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex situations. Brown is from Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand Defence Force Sgt. Geoff Brown, personal protection officer, Military Police, informs members of a personal protection team about their ammunition and weapon prior to a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex situations. Brown is from Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Warrant Officer 1 Percy McLaughlin, warrant officer for Headquarters Deployable Joint Inter-Agency Task Force, New Zealand Defence Force, gives a safety brief to members of a personal protection team prior to a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex situations.

Warrant Officer 1 Percy McLaughlin, warrant officer for Headquarters Deployable Joint Inter-Agency Task Force, New Zealand Defence Force, gives a safety brief to members of a personal protection team prior to a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex situations. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Pvt. Reuben Ellett, signaler with 2 Signal Squadron, New Zealand Defence Force, from Tauranga, New Zealand, receives ammunition prior to a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex situations.

Pvt. Reuben Ellett, signaler with 2 Signal Squadron, New Zealand Defence Force, from Tauranga, New Zealand, receives ammunition prior to a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex situations. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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New Zealand Defence Force Sgt. Geoff Brown, personal protection officer, Military Police, inspects members of a personal protection team prior to a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the NZDF. Brown is from Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand Defence Force Sgt. Geoff Brown, personal protection officer, Military Police, inspects members of a personal protection team prior to a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the NZDF. Brown is from Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Cpl. Thomas Cornwall, military policeman with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, from Ventura, Calif., listens to instructions prior to firing the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex operations.

Cpl. Thomas Cornwall, military policeman with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, from Ventura, Calif., listens to instructions prior to firing the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex operations. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Members of a personal protection team assess and fire upon their targets during a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Members of a personal protection team assess and fire upon their targets during a familiarization shooting range with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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WAIOURU MILITARY CAMP, New Zealand --

Members of a personal protection team for Col. John Howard, coalition commander of exercise Southern Katipo 2013, received weapons training during a familiarization shoot with the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle and Sig Sauer P226 9mm pistol during the initial stages of SK13 at Waiouru Military Camp, New Zealand, Nov. 7.

Fourteen U.S. Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force are training with their multinational counterparts during the exercise. Of them, four were chosen for the commander’s security team based on their special reaction team training and experience.

The commander’s protection is a joint service team made up of Marines and members of the New Zealand Defence Force.

“I’ve worked with Marines overseas and found them good to work with. So far everything’s been good,” said Warrant Officer 1 Percy McLaughlin, warrant officer for Headquarters Deployable Joint Inter-Agency Task Force, NZDF.

Throughout the morning, McLaughlin led the joint-combined team in close quarter drills, which simulated situations they might encounter in future operations.

Cpl. Thomas Cornwall, a military policeman with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, said he is happy to work with his New Zealand counterparts and their different style of weapons and way of life.

“The Steyr is awesome,” Cornwall said. “It’s a new weapon to shoot and did great today.”

The team of seven had 900 rounds to shoot in order to become familiarized with the IW Steyr and Sig Sauer P226 9mm pistol.

“I’m using this opportunity to assess their skills and see how far we can take the practice based on that,” McLaughlin said.

He started the training with static, close-range drills that increased to rapid pivot and communication drills that required the team to yell for cover when re-loading or fixing a weapons malfunction.

Although the team had never worked together and battled a learning curve, the range moved seamlessly, Cornwall said.

“The military police seem like they have very similar tactics and procedures,” he said. “They know what they are doing.”

The team flies down to the south island for the beginning of the exercise with confidence in their gear and more importantly, each other.

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