U.S. Marines, U.S. Army Soldiers Practice MV-22 External Cargo Lifts

08/08/2015: A U.S. Marine landing support specialist and U.S. Army Soldiers attach a 1,000-pound cargo load to an MV-22 with a single-point hook during External Cargo Lift Training conducted by Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-165 (VMM-165), Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force -Crisis Response-Central Command, in an undisclosed location in Southwest…

Fueling Partnerships: U.S. Marines, Spanish Pilots Test Aerial-Refueling Capabilities

07/30/2015: U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa completed refueling operations from Morón Air Base, Spain, with Spanish Navy pilots May 15, 2015. Two Spanish harrier jets departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, and tested their ability to complete inflight-refueling procedures with a KC-130J from SPMAGTF-CR-AF. The two…

KC-130J Training for SP-MAGTF

07/25/2015: A KC-130J with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa conducts a training flight from Morόn Air Base, Spain, May 7, 2015.  Pilots with SPMAGTF-CR-AF performed a series of maneuvers to remain proficient in different flying techniques. [maxgallery id="77482"] Credit: U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa:5/7/15

Crisis Response Marines Launch Ospreys from Spain for Romanian Exercise

05/31/2015:A U.S. Marine MV-22B Osprey from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa prepares to depart Morón Air Base, Spain, May 23, 2015. Four Ospreys and two KC-130J Hercules left the base and flew to Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, as part of an integration exercise designed to test the…

SPMAGTF-CR-Conducts NEO Exercise

05/17/2015: Marines guide role players evacuees as they board a MV-22 Osprey during a training Noncombatant Evacuation Operation aboard Barstow-Daggett airport in Daggett, California, Feb. 12, 2015. The training evacuation was conducted by the Marines of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command 15.2 during their certification exercise.…

Marines with SP-MAGTF Participate in Spanish Relief Exercise

03/26/2015: MV-22 Ospreys with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa participate in a Spanish disaster relief exercised called Gamma Daimiel in Daimiel, Spain, March 11, 2015. U.S. Marines transported Unidad Militar de Emergencias personnel to various landing zones during the large-scale training exercise. Credit:U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and…

KC-130s Refueling Over the Mediterranean

08/24/2014: On 19 June, 2014 the Air Combat Elements attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SP-MAGTF) Crisis Response and conducts as fly-by over the USS Bataan (LHD-5). The KC-130Js conduct fixed-wing and rotar-wing aerial refueling with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit's Air Combat Element and rendezvous with one…

The Many Faces of the USS America: Shaping a Crew at Sea

08/17/2014: The USS America is in transit to San Diego and then on to San Francisco for its official commissioning in October.  In transit, the crew is training and fitting out the ship.  In this slideshow, some of the many skills being learned and applied at sea are highlighted, and…