More training with foreign troops, at home


Deployments to Afghanistan may be ramping down, but this year is seeing a flurry of joint exercises with some allies here at home as Marines host Canadian, British and New Zealand troops for some good ol’ combat training in the coastal areas and deserts of the Southwest U.S.

“Javelin Thrust,” a large-scale exercise with Marine Forces Reserve and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, kicks off in late June with more than 5,000 Marines, many of them reservists from 32 states massing at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. They will joined by a contingent of Canadian troops who will work from Camp Pendleton and provide communications expertise to the brigade-level exercise. Javelin Thrust runs through July 12, with combined-arms live-fire training taking place mostly at Twentynine Palms. The Corps’ air station at Yuma, Ariz., and the nearby vast military aerial range complex also will support the exercise’s air operations.

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