Sgt. Justin D. Head, animal packing course chief instructor, exercises his mustang, Hondo, shortly after grazing. The animal packing course is the only one of its kind in the Department of Defense and teaches Marines and other military personnel how to effectively and efficiently work with beast of burden to transport munitions, supplies and wounded personnel to and from areas inaccessible to mechanized and air transportation. The course, offered at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, teaches an introduction to animal packing, an anatomy of pack animals, animal packing techniques, casualty evacuation techniques, animal first aid and bivouac considerations.
A heavy equipment operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 26, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, engages enemy forces during their field exercise at the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC) Bridgeport, Calif., Feb. 5, 2015.