COMBINED ARMS TRAINING CENTER CAMP FUJI, Japan --
Artillery Relocation Training Program 12-2 came to a close Sept. 22.
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conducted ARTP 12-2 to improve operational readiness in realistic, combat-oriented scenarios using small-arms and M777A2 155 mm howitzers at the nearby East Fuji Maneuver Area.
To wrap up ARTP 12-2, the battalion participated in a warrior day consisting of physically demanding events such as the obstacle course and confidence course to culminate the successful completion of their training at Fuji.
"The event was an absolute success," said Sgt. Maj. Delvin R. Smythe, sergeant major, 3rd Bn., 12th Marines. "The Marines exhibited their motivation and competitiveness today."
The Marines displayed their strengths, according to Lance Cpl. Sergio A. Yanez, a motor vehicle operator with Oscar Battery, 3rd Bn., 12th Marines.
"Our teamwork was great," said Yanez. "It was a great morale boost and a fun way to compete with the other batteries."
In addition to the obstacle and confidence courses, Marines with each battery competed in a weapons assembly scramble, endurance run and tug-of-war in order to take home the battalion trophy. At the end of the day, the prize went to the battalion’s Headquarters Battery.
The Marines also participated in a community relations project at Seishin Orphanage near the East Fuji Maneuver Area to familiarize the Marines with the local culture and interact with the surrounding community.
"Visiting the orphanage allowed the Marines and sailors to communicate and build relationships with the children," said Navy Lt. Matthew C. Fore, chaplain, 3rd Bn., 12th Marines. "It’s a good gesture of selflessness and camaraderie between the Marines and the community."
The participants played various games and sports with the children in an attempt to spread good will and enhance bonds between the community and the Marine Corps.
"Involving ourselves with the kids shows what Marines are all about," said Cpl. Wise E. Myers, a motor vehicle operator with the battalion. "We’re representing our nation, and we’re showing that we care about them."
The warrior day and community relations project were successes and embodied the Marines’ dedication during ARTP 12-2.
"The Marines put everything out there, during both the competition and throughout the training," said Smythe. "Being Marines means we work hard, play hard, and look to give back when we can."