USS Pearl Harbor Operations

12/07/2010
12/07/2010 - USS Pearl Harbor is the last of the United States Navy's four new cargo variants of the Whidbey Island class of Landing Dock Ships and the first ship to carry the name Pearl Harbor. [slidepress gallery='uss-pearl-harbor-operations'] Credit photos: Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Russell, U.S. Naval Forces, 5th…

Afghan Checkpoint

12/07/2010
Coalition Forces Deal with Insurgent Attack Against Afghan Checkpoint 12/07/2010 - Last September, an estimated two dozen insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms at the post in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province. International Security Assistance Forces and ANP responded in kind with small arms, heavy machine gun…

Zoom On The Harvest Hawk

12/07/2010
[slidepress gallery='harvest-hawk-update'] Credit slides : US Marine Corps Aviation, 2010 12/7/2010 - Story below from : www.i-mef.usmc.mil KC-130J Harvest Hawk takes on new role in Afghanistan By Sergent Deanne Hurla, Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, November 17th, 2010, "Since 2003, KC-130Js have played a vital role in transporting coalition forces and cargo…

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…