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Marines from Camp Pendleton shift from desert to jungle

December 12, 2011 |  1:17 pm

Camp Pendleton Marines come ashore in Cambodia for jungle exercise.

After a decade of fighting desert wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Marines from Camp Pendleton are learning how to fight in a wholly different terrain: the jungles of Cambodia.

Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit  are in Cambodia training with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. Among the topics is what the Marines call "jungle familiarization" — that is, how to move a platoon or company through thick vegetation.

Lt. Col. Michael Wylie, the 11th MEU executive officer and the officer in charge of the exercise for the Marines, said the goal is "exposing a generation of Marines accustomed to life in the desert to the challenges of the jungle."

— Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Marines from Camp Pendleton coming ashore in Cambodia for jungle exercise. Credit: Marine Corps.