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Recon Marines: The police officers rush into the compound, weapons drawn, shouting orders at the men inside the building to surrender.

Shots ring out, spent rounds discharge and the police retreat, leaving one officer behind with a gunshot wound. The insurgents drag him through the courtyard for all to see and execute him.

Buried in the thick brush on a hill, a small contingent of Force Reconnaissance Marines and Special Tactics Airmen are watching, waiting and reporting what they see back to the operations center. Their intelligence will provide incoming Marines with vital information to conduct raids later in the day.

This was not a real mission in a foreign land, but rather a Marine reconnaissance proving ground at Bellows Air Force Base, Hawaii.

Three Special Tactics Airmen graduated from the Marine Corps’ Reconnaissance Team Leader Course in November 2017, following two months of rigorous desert, jungle and amphibious reconnaissance training.

RTLC is an advanced level reconnaissance course designed to develop junior service members into better team leaders through realistic training.

“Our main objectives in this course is taking young leaders and guiding them into being better ground force commanders,” said Gunnery Sgt. Jeremy Froio, noncommissioned officer in charge of RTLC. “Regardless of what service you’re in, the reconnaissance mission is so detail oriented and in depth that no matter what your actual mission is, you’re going to benefit from this training.”

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Recon Marines: The police officers rush into the compound, weapons drawn, shouting orders at the men inside the building to surrender.

Shots ring out, spent rounds discharge and the police retreat, leaving one officer behind with a gunshot wound. The insurgents drag him through the courtyard for all to see and execute him.

Buried in the thick brush on a hill, a small contingent of Force Reconnaissance Marines and Special Tactics Airmen are watching, waiting and reporting what they see back to the operations center. Their intelligence will provide incoming Marines with vital information to conduct raids later in the day.

This was not a real mission in a foreign land, but rather a Marine reconnaissance proving ground at Bellows Air Force Base, Hawaii.

Three Special Tactics Airmen graduated from the Marine Corps’ Reconnaissance Team Leader Course in November 2017, following two months of rigorous desert, jungle and amphibious reconnaissance training.