USMC Tail-to-Tail Transfer of Supplies


U.S. Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 252 transfer supplies from a KC-130J Hercules into a CH-53K King Stallion assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, June 7, 2023.

The tail-to-tail transfer of supplies allowed distribution of sustainment in the minimum time period of vulnerability by reducing break-bulk requirements. U.S. Marines with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) experimented with dynamic, assault-support capabilities in a distributed-aviation environment.

VMGR-252 and HMH-461 are subordinate units of 2nd MAW, the aviation combat element of II Marine Expeditionary Force.

(U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Christopher Hernandez)