Marine Corporal (CPL) Bryant Smith of the 7th Marines mounts a Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun on top of an Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) in the well decks of the USS Comstock (CG-57) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is a bi-annual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations