"There is nothing saying that we can’t be deployed forward,” stated Capt. Bobinis. “That’s why we’re doing this training now. If we need to use this weapon in the future we will be able to.” With this type of training, units like the 150th, and other support units going overseas now or in the future, will be better able to defend themselves.
Some might see crew-served weapons such as the M-249 as an infantry squad weapon, but in the broad scheme, any unit today can find itself in battle, and may need the added firepower to suppress the enemy.
Although it is unlikely that the 150th will deploy overseas, Bobinis is taking no chances. “This is the most important weapon we have in the unit,” said Capt. Bobinis. “It's good training for us, and it’s a good change of pace.”