US Marines and New Zeland Soldiers train together in California
Marines and New Zealand Army soldiers, also known as Kiwis, sit in a circle on worn-out couches, chairs and benches as they wait for their next scenario in their counter insurgency exercise at Range 220A, June 20. The Marines and Kiwis made strong bonds during their down time as they found out just how much they had in common.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — A tarp hung over an alleyway, connecting the empty buildings of the Combined Arms Military Operations on Urban Terrain town at Range 220A. Below the tarp, a group of Marines and New Zealand Army soldiers sat around on worn out chairs and benches talking and joking.
The Marines wore their desert utilities while the New Zealanders, commonly referred to as “Kiwis,” wore their own tri-color green camouflage uniforms. If you ignored the variations in their accents, you would have never thought they were from opposite ends of the world.
“When you look at a United States Marine and a Kiwi soldier, you see very little difference,” said New Zealand Army Major Chris Rothery, officer commanding, 2nd Field Squadron, 2nd Engineer Regiment, New Zealand Army.
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