Suppression is the Critical Infantry Task
by Brendan B. McBreen
Marine Corps Gazette, October 2001, 40–41.
Overwhelming suppressive fire is critical to permit an assault element to close and
penetrate an enemy position. Marine infantry leaders need to train their units on the
skills of suppressive fire, day and night. We need to publish the basic techniques and
procedures of overwhelming suppressive fire, and then insure our leaders and unit are
trained well on this critical infantry task.