Thursday, July 3, 2014

Chelsea man part of U.S. contingent in Mongolia

CHELSEA — Lance Cpl. William Collins assists a simulated casualty of a hand grenade to a safe zone June 24 at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia, during combat first aid training at Exercise Khaan Quest 2014.

KQ14 is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored this year by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific.

KQ14 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 12th iteration of this training event. During the training, the service members conducted a foot patrol and then received simulated enemy contact. The service members then put the first-aid skills they learned in the classroom to use.

Collins, a Chelsea native, is an infantryman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.

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