Marines arrive in Valley for urban training exercises

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Phoenix is a popular place for the military to conduct urban training exercises, and they are at it again.

Roughly 100 U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Pendleton, California, are in Phoenix this week to improve their skills and better prepare themselves for an emergency situation around the world.

First Lt. Maria Arnone described what type of missions they are training for.

"Some of them are humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, non-combat evacuation operation, raids, theater security," said Arnone. "These are just a few of the ones, but they have a lot of tasks they train for."

Many of the training exercises will take place at night, at various locations around the Valley, said Arnone.

The idea is to help the Marines learn how to adapt to situations and settings they're not familiar with.

"We recognize that people of Phoenix may not be used to seeing Marines operating on a regular basis here, in their hometown," said U.S. Marine Capt. Daniel Vaccihio. "By no means do we want them surprised; we want them aware that we are here."

The urban training exercise will take place through March 11.

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Jason Barry
Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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