NEWS | Jan. 17, 2018

Marine Wing Support Squadron -171 Back at it Again with Kamoshika Wrath

By Lance Cpl. Marcus Campbell Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

HARAMURA, Japan -- U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 (MWSS-171) completed exercise Kamoshika Wrath 18-1 at Training Area 7 in Haramura, Japan, January 13, 2018.

Kamoshika Wrath offered the Marines opportunities to construct a vertical take-off landing pad, conduct zone reconnaissance training and allowed noncommissioned officers executing convoys around the area perimeter.

The exercise also provided MWSS-171 an opportunity to perform cold weather training while familiarizing themselves with heavy equipment vehicles such as a grader, compactors, MK-28 extended cargo trucks and Humvees.

“Being able to operate these vehicles in cold weather condition is important for Marines with MWSS-171 because it will get them more prepared for field operations in real-world scenarios,” said Sgt. Kyle Sloan, a Motor Transport section leader with MWSS-171. “It also provides the Marines with more knowledge to pass down to other junior Marines who go into this type of training.”

Additionally, it serves as a building block for increasing squadron proficiency in command and control, establishing a forward operation location.

“Executing the week-long exercise while living outside in tents also provided Marines an opportunity to develop faith in the gear they were issued, and prepare for how the weather affects the equipment they use.” said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Tyler Robinson, the air operations company commander with MWSS-171. “Operating tends to take much longer and move slower in the cold weather, but this annual training is designed for MWSS-171 to adapt and accomplish the mission.”