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Marines hone skills, become combat hunters

7/8/2011 By Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — In the mid-2000s, Marines’ and sailors’ vulnerabilities were being exploited in Iraq by enemy snipers and improvised-explosive device makers. Commanders began to consider the best ways to counter attack them using more intelligent tactics rather than more technologically-advanced combat systems. In 2006, the Marine Corps sought to increase offensive spirit and to become predators, not prey - the Combat Hunter program was born.

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