MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. --
Marine Corps Systems Command will join nearly 700 Marines as they converge on Charlotte, North Carolina, for Marine Week Sept. 5-9. During the five-day event, Marines will showcase hands-on displays, live demonstrations, time-honored Marine Corps traditions, musical performances and more.
The annual celebration of “Community, Country and Corps” will highlight the history, capabilities, pride and professionalism of the Corps, as well as honor the service and sacrifice of Marines and their families. Charlotteeans and residents from surrounding areas will interact with Marines through a variety of free and public events held at locations in and around uptown.
“Marine Week connects communities with the remarkable men and women who serve in the Marine Corps,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Collins, officer in charge of Marine Week coordination for MCSC. “Marine Corps Systems Command is proud to educate the public on the weapons, gear and vehicles it gives Marines to help them accomplish their mission.”
Citizens of Charlotte will be able to climb aboard state-of-the-art aircraft and ground equipment, and get an up-close look at the latest military technology and combat weaponry. MCSC will have a variety of equipment on display, including:
Mk13 Mod 7
Mk13 Mod 7 Sniper Rifle is a bolt-action rifle that offers an increased range of fire and accuracy when compared to current and legacy systems. It includes a long-action receiver, stainless steel barrel, and an extended rail interface system for a mounted scope and night vision opt
BNVG II: The Binocular Night Vision Goggle II is a helmet-mounted binocular that gives operators improved depth perception at night. It helps Marines identify potential buried explosive devices, find hidden objects within foliated areas and safely conduct tasks that require depth perception.
IDS-MC: Identity Dominance System-Marine Corps is a simple and effective biometric data collection, matching, and transaction management system that is composed of a handheld device, known as the Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, and a laptop computer with specialized biometric collection sensors and a badge printer.
The Command will also feature the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, robots, ammunition and more.
“This event is a great opportunity for us to meet the people of Charlotte along with past and future Marines,” said Collins. “We look forward to building relationships and showing what Marines are made of.”
For more information about Marine Week Charlotte, including a full schedule of events, visit http://usmarineweek.com/.