CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WNCT) -An expo aboard Camp Lejeune allowed Marines to see the latest in warfare technology.
Nearly 100 vendors came out to the Marine South military expo showcasing everything from state-of-the-art combat vests to lightweight and compact satellites to virtual battlefields.
From guns to lifelike casualty dummies, to radio essentials, younger Marines said they’re looking for what makes their jobs easier.
“You walk in and the first things you see are flak jackets and you’re like oh,” Lance Cpl. Anthony Acevedo said. “The deeper you get in, the more stuff you see.”
Vendors are also looking to get feedback at these expos of what Marines are looking for to use on the battlefield.
“Anytime we can give Marines, in particular young Marines with their innovative ideas, linked up with industry, it saves a lot of work in the long run because they know what they need out there,” Maj. Gen. W. Lee Miller Jr., II MEF Commanding General, said.
Expo attendees were able to speak one on one with company reps about the specific equipment and systems issues related to overall combat effectiveness.
One of the vendors that incorporated feedback from Marines is Bohemia Interactive, which makes software of virtual battlefields.
“I’ve looked at a couple of different radio assets that they had,” 1st. Lt. Kyle Repetti said. “It’s great to see different capabilities and different ways to utilize the gear that I’m used to using.”
The event is held adjacent to the Goettge Memorial Field House. It’s sponsored by the Marine Corps League, a Marine Corps veterans’ association, and co-sponsored by MCB Camp Lejeune. The event is endorsed by the Marine Corps Association.
One of the featured highlights will be a display for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1. That’s the Marine Corps replacement of the Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV). Marines will have the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with this cutting-edge piece of gear.
Admission to Marine South is free for all military and civilian personnel with a valid government identification. Those not in uniform, civilians, and industry representatives must register and obtain an event attendee badge upon arrival, and non-uniformed attendees may register in advance by visiting the Marine South military expo website at marinemilitaryexpos.com/marine-south/home/.
Further details on Marine South are available at www.marinemilitaryexpos.com.