Camp Lejeune Opens IED Training Facility

May 9, 2011

Marines at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville have a new facility to train for their biggest threat in Afghanistan: roadside bombs.

Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, are responsible for nearly 80 percent of combat deaths in Afghanistan. The Marine Corps says Camp Lejeune's new training facility will ensure Marines are as prepared as possible before going into harm's way.

Officials opened the Homestation Training Lanes late last week. It includes classrooms, mock villages, IED simulators, and some 3.5 kilometers of roads. The facility will recreate a wartime environment and provide Marines experience in detecting and dismantling roadside bombs.