Putting Afghanistan in the Rear View Mirror

12/06/2010
Rethinking “Contingency” Operations By Heather Penney 12/6/2010 - With the deluge of media and congressional attention on the budget, deficit, and national debt, it is surprising that the connection between our current/future economic predicament and OEF/OIF has been conspicuously absent from the debate. According to the CRS, costs for OEF/OIF/GWOT…

First Combat Strike from a Harvest Hawk

11/28/2010
11/28/2010 - His job is usually reserved for officers, but in his first combat deployment as a joint terminal attack controller, one Marine has accomplished something no one else has ever done - officer or enlisted.

 Sgt. Andrew Rogers, a JTAC with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment controlled…

AH-1Z Viper

11/21/2010
11/21/2010 - An AH-1Z "Viper" with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, aka Scarface, lands aboard the USS Makin Island on October 5th, 2010. A Scarface detachment is supporting the aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's special-purpose Marine air-ground task force. Credit: 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, october…

TRAP Exercise

11/18/2010
11/18/2010 - The Marines train for the two types of TRAP missions - TRAP stands for Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel -, ground and helicopter. Helicopter TRAP missions are essential to a battalion’s mission and are important to expanding the capabilities of a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Helicopters and…

Iraqi T-6As

11/18/2010
11/18/2010 - Iraqi Air Force pilots took possession of three T-6A aircraft in Amman, Jordan, and flew them to Tikrit, Sept. 21, bringing their total T-6A inventory to 11. The T-6A is a single-engine, two-seat training aircraft designed for providing instruction in advanced flying skills. [slidepress gallery='iraqi-air-force-increases-t6a-inventory'] Credit: United States…

Countering Narco-Terrorism

11/17/2010
USCG Cutter Valiant Pulls Into GTMO 11/17/2010 - The U.S. Coast Guard medium endurance class cutter USCGC Valiant pulls into Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Valiant is deployed to conduct counter narco-terrorism and migrant operations in the Caribbean region. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is the logistical hub for all U.S.…

Ease Of Access

11/17/2010
Building the Final Test USMC Aircraft 11/17/2010 - This slide show features shots of the final test USMC aircraft being built at the Lockheed Martin facility. [slidepress gallery='building-the-final-test-usmc-aircraft-views-of-bf-5-september-2010'] Credit: Lockheed Martin, September 5th, 2010 Various shots taken in September 2010 feature the engine for the aircraft, and various shots of…