Playing the enemy
Sergeant Jose Morales and Lance Corporal Chad Williams from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Okinawa, Japan, are two of the Marines who will be actively trying to resist Australian soldiers during the exercise by playing the opposing force. Both marines are visiting Australia for the first time and looking forward to working with Australian troops.
This is an opportunity for Australian troops on the ground to experience a challenging enemy.
Sergeant Morales, an Infantry Squad Leader, said “I am here to train with the Australians, learn their tactics and incorporate them into our training.”
Lance Corporal Williams, an Infantry Mortarman who supports his squad with conventional hand-held mortars, is looking forward to experiencing Australian field conditions.
“It is hot and humid in Okinawa, so it has been good to get out and come to Australia”, commented Lance Corporal Whitman.
The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is part of the only continually forward-deployed unit in Okinawa, Japan.