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U.S. Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, prepare to exfiltrate on a UH-1Y Venom from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, during a 1st ANGLICO certification exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, June 12, 2024. The 1st ANGLICO CERTEX assessed ANGLICO detachments across a broad spectrum of mission sets and core mission essential tasks in preparation for future operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Austin Gillam)

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17 Jun 2024 | Cpl. Austin Gillam I MEF Information Group

U.S. Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, complete a certification exercise, crucial to ensuring readiness for upcoming deployments and operations.

1st ANGLICO specializes in combined arms, fire support, and communications capabilities in order to partner with and enable any assigned unit across the spectrum of military operations. They are manned, trained, and equipped to deliver lethal and non-lethal effects across the battlefield.

“The certification exercise is where we take ANGLICO detachments that are scheduled to deploy and we put them through a three-week long exercise to test all their core competencies," said Capt. David Burnett, training cell officer in charge with 1st ANGLICO.

During the CERTEX, Marines from 1st ANGLICO are inserted into various simulated training scenarios, conducting long movements to establish observation posts, simulated close air support and executing call for fire missions. The exercise includes a demanding multi-day field segment where Marines are faced with operational challenges.

“They have to get uncomfortable and experience some real live friction," Burnett said.

ANGLICO Marines are put through battalion-level fire support coordination center simulations where they are given a very detailed scheme of maneuver. During this time, they develop detailed fires planning products and execute their plans in a simulated environment. The event is culminated with a live portion where their focus is on company fire support team operations.

“What we are looking for is their ability to operate advanced command and control systems such as the advanced field artillery tactical data system and wideband data assets," Burnett said.

The goal of the exercise is to evaluate and ensure that the participating Marines are properly trained and ready to support future operations. The curriculum is continuously evolving and exploring new, efficient ways to evaluate Marines.

“ANGLICO detachments are now expected to execute missions at higher echelons. We evaluate their ability to operate advanced command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence [C4I] equipment, conduct fire support planning, coordination, and execution at the battalion level," said Burnett.

Upon completion of the CERTEX, Marines are instilled with the confidence and capability to carry out their assigned missions effectively during future deployments and operations. Exercises like these ensure that 1st ANGLICO remains ready to provide critical support in any clime and any place.

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific