Mission commanders of Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 attend a pre-assault brief aboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1) the eve before a major assault on enemy forces at Camp Pendleton, California. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual 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