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Jan 30, 2014

Sgt. Thomas Hobens supervises and instructs as Pvt. Nick O’Neill, Pfc. Kyle Stoecklein and Pvt. Jeffery Shearer operate as a mortar team during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton on Jan. 30. Hobens is a mortar combat instructor with Delta Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-West. O’Neill, Stoecklein and Shearer are all students with Delta Co. and are training to be 0341 mortar men. Infantry Training Battalion trains all infantry, entry-level Marines in the infantry skills essential to operating combat environment. Infantry Training Battalion is a 52-day training course that transforms the raw Marine into an infantryman who can fight, survive, and win in a combat situation.

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