Visiting USMC Air Station New River


08/30/2011: It has become a Second Line of Defense tradition to visit New River in late August.  Last year, we interviewed several Osprey pilots and maintainers and these interviews were collated with other articles to shape a Special Report on the Osprey.

As the motto of the Air Station underscores:“Pardon our noise, it’s the sound of freedom.”

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Photo Credit: SLD 2011

During this visit, interviews have been conducted with LtCol Boniface, commander of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS New River.  His last assignment was with the 26th MEU and the interview focused on this experience, notably the time off of Libya. In addition, one of the two pilots on the TRAP mission to rescue the downed F-15 pilot in Libya was interviewed as well.

Dozens of Marines, two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters, two Ospreys, two Harriers and a KC-130J tanker were involved in the TRAP mission, which remains one of the highest profile incidents in the U.N.-backed military intervention in the Libyan civil war.

Maj. B.J. Debardeleben discussed the mission during the interview and lessons learned.Next month we are publishing three Libya-related interviews.  The first is with Col. Mark Dessens, the 26th MEU commander and the other two are the interviews with Lt. Col. Boniface and Major Debardeleben.We will be publishing analyses of the “lessons learned” in Libya as well.