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Weapons and Field Training Battalion


Commanding Officer, Weapons and Field Training Battalion

Col. Michael F. Arnone

Colonel Arnone graduated from Frostburg State University Maryland and was commissioned in 1997. Upon completing the Infantry Officer’s Course, he was assigned to 2d Battalion, 3d Marines in Kaneohe Bay, HI. While there he served as a Rifle Platoon, Weapons Platoon, and Combined Anti-Armor Platoon...

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Sergeant Major, Weapons and Field Training Battalion

Sgt. Maj. Rafael Iturrino

Sergeant Major Iturrino enlisted in the Marine Corps on 9 December 1997.  He reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina for recruit training on 21 January 1998. Sergeant Major Iturrino was promoted Private First Class Meritorious.After graduating recruit training, he was...

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The Weapons & Field Training Battalion conducts entry level marksmanship training, annual requalification training in rifle and pistol, field training, and facilitates the culminating event of recruit training, the Crucible.
In phase two of recruit training, recruits receive formal instruction and hone the skills necessary to maintain and accurately fire the M16-A4 on four live-fire rifle ranges. Each range is supervised by approximately 40 Marines who have completed a demanding course of marksmanship instruction to provide the highest caliber of weapons training in the world.
In phases two and three of recruit training, Marines from Field Training Company teach recruits the fundamentals of living in the field and surviving and winning on the modern battlefield, including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense. These duty experts have honed their skills through a unique blend of classroom instruction and hands on experience leading Marines in the operating forces.

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