Sgt Canaan Heard

Sgt Heard is a machinegunner who deployed to Iraq from September 2007 to April 2008. He is currently assigned to the Martial Arts Center of Excellence. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Louisiana State University and is pursuing a doctorate in biochemistry/exercise physiology and a medical degree.

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The cost of injuries Marines train hard; it is required for us to perform optimally in combat. Predeployment training involves hikes with packs, machinegun ranges, field exercises, and so on. Deploying Marines need this training, but, during training, they may become injured. The way these injuties...
A systematic approach Marines need to perform optimally in any clime and place. Hotter environments have negative impacts on physical performance unless the individual is acclimatized to the hotter environment. The greater the change in environment the greater the need to acclimatize. D. Casa...
M arine Corps Order 6100.13, Marine Corps Physical Fitness Program, states that commanders/officers in charge will ensure that Marines perform at least five 30-minute combat conditioning sessions per week.