Marine’s feedback on new technologies shape future of Corps

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WNCT) – Marines at Camp Lejeune spent the week taking a look at some of the best technology on the market.

The Expeditionary Energy concepts demonstrations featured fuel cells, solar panels, top of the line batteries, bullet proof vests, hybrid ATV’s and more.

Marines evaluated the products and provided feedback to companies on what would be most efficient to them.

Lightweight was the key word of the day, and Marines say the most important element is making sure they have the best equipment possible, with the least amount of weight.

Lance Corporal Mason Monk said, “It’s all to the benefit of the war fighter. I mean, we value our Marines lives and that means more than anything to me…the Marine on my left and right…and that gear is just like having a clean weapon. Having the best gear possible that we can.”

Colonel James Caley explained why the demonstration was brought to North Carolina.

“We bring the expeditionary energy concepts demonstration here because we are trying to get the best solutions from the industry for our energy problems in the Marine Corps. we do it here at Camp Lejeune because we want the Marines to be able to select and give input to what technologies they need to use and analyze their problems.”

After reviewing feedback from Marines, the companies will then try to improve the equipment to better serve the Department of Defense.

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