Force Recon Platoon | SAW Gunner
The M249 is a 5.56mm x 45mm belt-fed machine gun that is common throughout the Marine Corps and the rest of the U.S. military.
The Para is a compact variant of the weapon, taking its name from it being designed for airborne forces.
Small teams such as a 6-man Force Recon team will typically include at least one SAW gunner in order to be able to lay down covering fire during a break from contact.
Force Recon Platoons attach to their assigned Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)'s Command Element and perform deep reconnaissance and direct action missions, such as maritime interdiction operations, including VBSS.