Marines Clear Tinian’s North Field Runways During Exercise Forager Fury II

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TINIAN, Northern Mariana Islands- Marines participating in Exercise Forager Fury II will perform stripping, clearing and repairing operations on Tinian’s North Field Dec. 6.

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force will be clearing, stripping and repairing the landing surface of Abel, Baker, Charlie and Dog runways.

FF II is a joint exercise designed to employ and assess combat power generation in a deployed and austere environment.

““This training prepares for real world operations in the event that we have to set up a landing field on an island and fight pretty much anywhere,” said 1st Lt. Taylor Keithley.

Keithley is a platoon commander with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

[Marines stack against one another behind a Tractor Rubber-tired Articulated Steering Multipurpose vehicle Nov. 29 at Charlie runway demolition range during an explosion in exercise Forager Fury II (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Antonio Rubio/released).]

“Here we’re prepared to clear a runway so MAG-12 can land (fixed-wing aircraft),”  said Keithley.

The Marines are a combination of combat engineers, heavy equipment operators, and drafting and surveyors with MWSS-171.