The Narco News Bulletin
Name of Our Country is América"
Ryan (Smith's Prose)
We thought it was newsworthy when the
US Marine base at Camp Lejeune published a story on US troops
in Colombia that contradicted the party line out of Washington.
And so on August 22nd we published on
page one of Narco News a link to that story.
Five days later, on August 27, 2000, the
US Marines censored their own story.
We thought they might do that.
And so we saved it, for you, the
Link originally appeared at:
(Check it out! They took
it down, thus confirming: this story makes a lie of the official
words out of Washington regarding Plan Colombia.)
Colombian Marines unite in South America
By Corporal Ryan Smith
Marine Combat Correspondent
the first time in eight years,
the U.S. Marines have landed on the
beaches of Covenas, Colombia. They
did not land in support of a
contingency operation, the Marines of Marine Forces Unitas XLI
II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) came to train in amphibious
operations with the Colombian Marines, as well as to promote
interoperability, and develop closer ties to their Colombian
From August 3-6, the MARFOR Unitas Marines and Sailors conducted
amphibious landings, performed two troop exchanges, participated
sports day, and an exchange of military cultures.
Colombian Special Forces Marines came aboard the USS La Moure
(LST-1194) as part of a troop exchange which sent members of
2nd, 3rd, and Weapons Platoon to Covenas Naval Base, Colombia
to conduct small unit tactics symposia. The Colombian Special
Marines worked and trained exclusively with the Unitas Reconnaissance
Detachment during the four-day training operation focusing on
reconnaissance, and reporting procedures.
"Their base was like our School of Infantry, Corporal's
Officer Candidates School all rolled into one very large training
area," said Sgt. Jay R. Phelps, 3rd Platoon squad leader
Green, Ky., native.
"It was a pretty intense area. We learned what kind of training
go through for school and combat."
After the Colombian Marines came on deck, all thoughts were on
next few days of training.
The Colombian Marines with the aid of the U.S. Navy and Marine
would take off from the ship and assault the beachhead at Covenas
using the Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRCs) and the
Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs).
The reconnaissance Marines marked the beach, then the AAVs pulled
and released their troops, which, moved swiftly across the
sand-covered terrain. After the beach was secured and the mission
accomplished, the Marines headed back to the ship.
"The amphibious landings went well because everyone performed
duties well," said LCpl. Gabriel L. Ellsbury, a coxswain
Platoon. "The AAV crewmen and drivers, the reconnaissance
the Colombian Marines all helped to accomplish the mission.
The Marines were impressed with the Colombian Marines' professionalism
and positive attitude toward training.
"When they pass each other on base, one can see the tremendous
of discipline in their faces, and they mean total business,"
Phelps. "They have the heart, attitude and the training
to be prepared
for real situations that occur because most of them go into combat
straight from school."
"They were very patriotic to their country," said Sgt.
Singer, a squad leader for 2nd Platoon and Orlando native. "When
why they joined the military, the Colombian Marines only said
love of their country. Even when they knew it was an uphill battle,
they still do it for the love of their country."
The U.S. Marines gave several different classes on weapons and
techniques such as the 240G Machine Gun, 81mm mortar call for
the M16A-2 Service Rifle, hand and arm signals, and helicopter
"The opportunity for the Colombian Marines to cross-train
with us can
help them form new tactics and a different way to look at each
situation," said Phelps.
The U.S. Marines ashore were given a tour of the Covenas base
participated in a sports day with the Colombian Marines. Unitas
Dogs toured Colombian training areas including their school,
helicopter and boat courses, obstacle course and their patrolling
"Everything they do is timed, and if they don't come in
time limit, they have to start again," said Phelps. "They
and are very disciplined in what they do for a living. It made
realize that when I train my Marines, I need to drill into them
could happen on a moment's notice."
After the tour, the Marines geared up for some sports day activities
to include volleyball, soccer, basketball, and a run.
The U.S. Marines ashore returned to USS La Moure County (LST-1194),
and the Colombian Marines went back to their base after four
combined training involving over 700 troops.
Phelps said, "When two totally different militaries train
they gain knowledge from each other, learn another military culture,
and meet dedicated individuals who will look out for their country."
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