Business Executives for
National Security (BENS)
Camp Pendleton
February 29, 2008
We begin our day at the Recruit Depot and have the opportunity to
              observe a full Graduation Ceremony.
We are greeted early
morning and briefed as to
  the day’s activities.
Presentation of
 The Colors!
High School ROTC Members
Attend Graduation Ceremonies.
This 90 Year Old
Retired Marine is
Honored for His
   Lifetime of
     Service
Several Athletes are also
  Honored for their service and
training to Run Across America
Raising Awareness and Funds
Graduation Ceremonies
  Commence with all
   the Formalities.
The Band is Exceptional
Pomp and Circumstance.
Celebrating the New Marines
We arrive at Camp
Pendleton for Lunch with
General Samuel Helland
 who provides a private
  briefing for our ten
   BENS m...
Major General
Samuel T. Helland
Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing


  Major General Helland began his military ...
The most advanced Marine
    Training now includes
 “Immersion” Facilities. Here
we are briefed before entering
       an ...
As we are taken
inside the facility, we
are briefed all along
the way as to how
real world
simulations work so
effectively.
This Immersion
Facility has
simulated as
much of a real
Iraqi village as
possible
including
Restaurants
Vegetable Markets
Private Residences
The streets are filled with
debris to allow Marines to
accurately feel what the
environment will be like
before going to t...
We are taken
behind the scenes
where this system
operator will control
events during the
training exercise.
Throughout the
  Village, moving
     images are
 projected onto the
  walls so Marines
undergoing training
 will have to ...
Simultaneously,
actors playing locals
are moving
throughout the
village, possibly
hiding IED’s or firing
“Rocket Propelled...
These actors also
portray extremists in
typical clothes.

The weapons they
carry fire projectiles
such as paint-ball like
...
To demonstrate the
  noise levels and
 disorientation that
can occur, they fire
several RPG’s at us
and detonate IED’s
 hi...
This is a brand new Iraqi Village
 constructed of cargo containers.
These containers allow for flexibility
as they can be ...
The buildings have interiors as
  well. When Marines enter each
     building, there are rooms,
staircases, etc. to closel...
This entire Village and every building has lights and video cameras to simulate
both day and night time activity. After si...
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  1. 1. Business Executives for National Security (BENS) Camp Pendleton February 29, 2008
  2. 2. We begin our day at the Recruit Depot and have the opportunity to observe a full Graduation Ceremony.
  3. 3. We are greeted early morning and briefed as to the day’s activities.
  4. 4. Presentation of The Colors!
  5. 5. High School ROTC Members Attend Graduation Ceremonies.
  6. 6. This 90 Year Old Retired Marine is Honored for His Lifetime of Service
  7. 7. Several Athletes are also Honored for their service and training to Run Across America Raising Awareness and Funds
  8. 8. Graduation Ceremonies Commence with all the Formalities.
  9. 9. The Band is Exceptional
  10. 10. Pomp and Circumstance.
  11. 11. Celebrating the New Marines
  12. 12. We arrive at Camp Pendleton for Lunch with General Samuel Helland who provides a private briefing for our ten BENS members.
  13. 13. Major General Samuel T. Helland Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Major General Helland began his military career by enlisting in the Army in 1968. He served three years with U.S. Army Special Forces, leaving after a combat tour of duty in Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group (ABN), Military Advisory Command (Special Observations Group). Major General Helland graduated from Marine Officer Candidate School in 1973, and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1974. He is qualified as a CH-53 pilot. His Marine Corps career assignments include tours of duty with Amphibious Units, Aviation Combat Elements, and Joint Task Forces. During these tours of duty, he participated in exercises and contingency operations that ranged from the Arctic Circle, throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, and finally to the Persian Gulf, where he saw combat during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After graduating from the Marine Command and Staff College in 1987, Major General Helland reported to Headquarters, Marine Corps to serve as a Staff Officer for the Department of Aviation, Aviation Programs and Weapons Division (APW). In 1990, he left Headquarters and was assigned as the Logistics Officer for the Marine Aircraft Group 26, only to be sent to the Persian Gulf as the Operations Officer for Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461, MAG 40. After returning from Southwest Asia, Major General Helland assumed command of HMH-461 in June 1991. He commanded HMH-461 until June 1993 after which he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. After graduation, he reported to the Joint Staff and served as a member of the J-7, Operational Plans and Interoperability, Conventional War Plans Division, where he later served as Joint Staff Officer until 1996. Major General Helland assumed command of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in August 1996 and led the MEU through two Mediterranean deployments. During this period the MEU conducted five successful real world contingency operations, including Joint Task Force Nobel Obelisk in Sierra Leone in May 1997, during which Major General Helland was designated as Commander, Joint Task Force Noble Obelisk. In April 1999, after returning form his second deployment, he was assigned as the Deputy Commander JTF-Shining Hope providing humanitarian assistance to Albanian Kosovo refugees in Albania and Macedonia. Returning from Albania in July 1999, he was assigned to US Joint Forces Command, Norfolk VA, as the Director for Operations and Plans. Leaving US Joint Forces Command in August 2001, he reported to US Marine Forces South, Miami Florida as the Deputy Commanding General, Marine Forces South and the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Forces South. From August 2003 to May 2004, he served as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, before assuming his current assignment. In May 2004 Major General Helland assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa based in Djibouti, Africa before assuming his current assignment. On 5 August, 2005 Major General Helland assumed command of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar Sand Diego, California.
  14. 14. The most advanced Marine Training now includes “Immersion” Facilities. Here we are briefed before entering an Iraqi Village.
  15. 15. As we are taken inside the facility, we are briefed all along the way as to how real world simulations work so effectively.
  16. 16. This Immersion Facility has simulated as much of a real Iraqi village as possible including Restaurants
  17. 17. Vegetable Markets
  18. 18. Private Residences
  19. 19. The streets are filled with debris to allow Marines to accurately feel what the environment will be like before going to the front lines. Many possible hiding places exist for “Improvised Explosive Devices” (IED’s) to be hidden. These simulated street scenes not only look like the real streets, but also are filled with the smells they will experience as well.
  20. 20. We are taken behind the scenes where this system operator will control events during the training exercise.
  21. 21. Throughout the Village, moving images are projected onto the walls so Marines undergoing training will have to make ethical split second decisions to determine whether these are terrorists or other extremists.
  22. 22. Simultaneously, actors playing locals are moving throughout the village, possibly hiding IED’s or firing “Rocket Propelled Grenades” (RPG’s) at the Marines as they carry out Missions.
  23. 23. These actors also portray extremists in typical clothes. The weapons they carry fire projectiles such as paint-ball like bullets so Marines will know if they have been hit by a sniper.
  24. 24. To demonstrate the noise levels and disorientation that can occur, they fire several RPG’s at us and detonate IED’s hidden all around. It is incredibly loud and smoke now fills the streets. Blood is everywhere.
  25. 25. This is a brand new Iraqi Village constructed of cargo containers. These containers allow for flexibility as they can be rearranged to other shapes simulating a variety of buildings so Marines will have different challenges each time they are trained here.
  26. 26. The buildings have interiors as well. When Marines enter each building, there are rooms, staircases, etc. to closely simulate the situations they will face in a real Village.
  27. 27. This entire Village and every building has lights and video cameras to simulate both day and night time activity. After simulations, there will be an after-action review using video briefings somewhat like watching game tapes after the weekend’s football game.

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