Tactical Decision Kit System

12/22/2017
12/22/2017: U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), use the Tactical Decision Kit (TDK) System at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The TDK allows Marines to use live Indirect Fire (IDF) assets and real-life Close Air Support (CAS) while maneuvering computer generated troops,…

VMFA-121 at Red Beach

12/16/2016
12/16/2016: We have recently interviewed the CO of VMFA-121 in Yuma in early December 2016 and will shortly publish his interview.  This story published last December highlights a milestone along the way for the squadron as it prepares for its deployment to Japan in 2017. An F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter…

A-29 Super Tucanos Train for Close Air Support Role in Afghanistan

05/06/2016
05/06/2016: The highest priority skillset for the Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucano pilots is the effective execution of close air support (CAS). Pilots are trained to employ rockets, precision-guided bombs, general purpose bombs, and strafe. The A-29 can employ a variety of weapons to do this mission: .50 cal…

Shaping the Template for Air Interceptions While Russians Continue Their Hot Dog Tactics

05/02/2016
05/02/2016: It is not difficult to see how air intercepts in the Northern European region could escalate. Nato is working hard to shape an effective air intercept template. A number of fighter jets from NATO and NATO partner nations have been training together at an airbase in Estonia. Among the…

Arrival in Afghanistan of First Four A-29s

01/21/2016
01/21/2015: The sun was shining and the mountains around Kabul were clearly visible, when the first A-29 Super Tucanos touched down at Hamid Karzai International Airport. The A-29 is a light-support aircraft capable of conducting close air support, aerial escort, armed overwatch and aerial interdiction. Four A-29 aircraft arrived to intense…

VMFA-121 Conducts a Vertical Landing FARP

12/18/2015
12/18/2015: An F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conducts a vertical landing at a Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015. VMFA-121 marked another important milestone in the evolution of the aircraft conducting their first Close Air Support…

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…

The USMC Approach to Close Air Support

08/24/2011
08/24/2011 In this video, Captain Wittel of the Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC explains the USMC approach to Close Air Support.  Captain Wittel was participating in an exercise during the week of August 21, 2011.  The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing…