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MGR TOUR

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Major Alexander McDonough, the plans, training, mobilization and security officer for Joint Base Cape Cod shows tour participants a drum magazine for an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) in the training support center, where guards members complete virtual training.  (Eve Zuckoff)
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Base Commander for Camp Edwards Colonel Matthew Porter explains how virtual training works to a participant on the tour. The goal for members of the guards is to shoot from four different firing positions — laying down, up on their elbows, kneeling, and standing. Each person must hit 23/40 targets to get qualified on his or her assigned weapon.
 (Eve Zuckoff)
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Soldiers practice firing a M2 .50 caliber Browning during a virtual training exercise. This is the weapon the Guard is hoping to get approved for firing at the proposed machine gun range.  (Eve Zuckoff)
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Major Alex McDonough leads a bus full of Cape Cod residents around the grounds of Camp Edwards. The 3-hour-long tours will be held up until the start of winter. Guard officials say they’re scheduled to resume in the spring.  (Eve Zuckoff)
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A Guardsman waits to fire on the Sierra Range at Camp Edwards. It is a 300 meter automated rifle qualification range where soldiers are tested on rifle marksmanship.  (Eve Zuckoff)
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At the Sierra range, Guard members can fire M16 and M4s. On this drill weekend, around 1,000 members of the Guard have travelled from all over Massachusetts to Camp Edwards for training.  (Eve Zuckoff)
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The tour culminates with a view of the Known Distance range, where the Guard hopes to build a machine gun range. To do that, it will need to clearcut 170 acres of trees in the area. (Eve Zuckoff)
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