MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. --
Sailors were brining the boom as they go through the Crew Served Weapons instructors’ course on Range 8 on Jan. 24.
The drill was an all-day event where sailors learned how to operate three different types of machine guns: M240G medium machine gun, MK 48 light weight machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. At the end of the course, the sailors were certified machine gun instructors and able to return to their units and instruct other sailors on how to proficiently use a machine gun.
Before getting the chance to come aboard Quantico and shoot the machine guns, they had to participate in 25 classes that are part of the Crew Served Weapons Operations and Maintenance Course and have their unit’s commanding officer sign off on it. After graduating from that course Jan. 18, they were given the opportunity to be in the instructors’ course.
After more than 30 classes prior to arriving at Quantico and a demonstration by the instructors, the course supervisor was confident in the sailor’s abilities with the machine guns, including shooting more than 800 rounds from more than 400 yards away.
“During the course they’re trained on all the drill sets,” said Gunnery Sgt. Brian Cybulskis, Crew Served Weapons course supervisor. “On qualification day, the instructors will demonstrate trigger and rhythm controls, reloads, weapon malfunctions and run away guns, which will lead up to their qualification.”
The course is offered 10 times a year to sailors from petty officer second class to master chief petty officer. The sailors who participated in the course came from all across the country and overseas. They have all had different experiences and may have had previous training on machine guns, but the overall point of the course is what brings all of them together.
“My leadership has been trying to get me in this class for a while now,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Roger Scott, course student. “I’m just glad to have the opportunity to become an instructor. The best thing about being here is actually the only reason I’m here. And that is to learn the fundamentals and go back to my unit, Coastal Riverine Squadron 10 in Jacksonville, Fla., and teach this to my fellow sailors.”