II MEF CG Tours 2nd MAW Area of Operations

12/23/2018
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force speaks with Marines during Exercise Trident Juncture 18 at Vaernes Air Station, Norway, Nov. 7, 2018.  [maxgallery id="122118"] Trident Juncture 18 enhances the U.S. and NATO Allies’ and partners’ abilities to work together collectively…

Harvest Hawk Live Fire Exercise: 2013

07/24/2014
07/22/2014: U.S. Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) and VMGR-252, MAG 14, 2nd MAW conduct a live fire training exercise in a KC-130J Harvest Hawk aircraft near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Calif. March 20, 2013. The…

2nd MAW Forward: The Role of Airpower in the Afghan Operation

04/16/2012
April 16, 2012 During the visit to 2nd Marine Corps Air Wing in early March 2012, Second Line of Defense had an opportunity to sit down with General Walters to discuss his recent experience in Afghanistan. As commander of air operations for 2nd MAW (Forward), Walters had an opportunity to…

The Impact of the Osprey on the Expeditionary Strike Group: “There is a Tsunami of Change Coming”

04/02/2012
Shortly after the Bold Alligator 2012 exercise, Second Line of Defense sat down with Lt. Col. Boniface to discuss his experiences during Bold Alligator 2012.  As the Osprey squadron commander involved in the exercise, he was in charge of the key toolset, the Osprey, which re-defined the ESG-MEB operationally. Two images…

From Afghanistan, to Bold Alligator 2012, to the Future: The USMC Re-shapes Its Capabilities

02/08/2012
02/08/12 In a wide-ranging interview with Second Line of Defense’s Robbin Laird, the Commanding General of 2nd Marine Air Wing (MAW) provided an overview of how USMC aviation operates now and is evolving in the future. The bottom line for the role of USMC Aviation was underscored throughout the interview…