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A CH-53E Super Stallion, with Marine Heavy Helicopter

A CH-53E Super Stallion, with Marine Heavy Helicopter

A CH-53E Super Stallion, with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461, performs a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission, in eastern Afghanistan, March 20. The Marines involved with the mission were a... More

Cpl. David Reinoso, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine

Cpl. David Reinoso, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine

Cpl. David Reinoso, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, examines fuel for sediments ensuring it is suitable for use at a new forward arming and refueling point at Combat Outpost Ouelle... More

An AH-1 Super Cobra begins its descent onto a landing

An AH-1 Super Cobra begins its descent onto a landing

An AH-1 Super Cobra begins its descent onto a landing zone for re-fueling and re-supplying at Forward Arming and Refueling Point Ouellette, Afghanistan, April 5. The Vipers of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squ... More

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines,

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines,

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, seized narcotics worth about $5 million during a vehicle search in Afghanistan, May 9. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 and... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Robert A. Johnston, a plane captain

U.S. Marine Cpl. Robert A. Johnston, a plane captain

U.S. Marine Cpl. Robert A. Johnston, a plane captain with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122, salutes Capt. Travis Barksdale, an F/A-18C Hornet pilot with VMFA-122, clearing him for take off from Kandahar Airfi... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Alejandro Membreno, Marine Heavy

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Alejandro Membreno, Marine Heavy

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Alejandro Membreno, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, aircraft mechanic, reinstalls an auxiliary tank panel to a Marine CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter, Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, May ... More

Coalition forces walk toward suspicious vehicles to

Coalition forces walk toward suspicious vehicles to

Coalition forces walk toward suspicious vehicles to search for drugs and possible threats in southwestern Afghanistan, May 8. The Marines supported efforts to disrupt enemy freedom of movement as well as counte... More

U.S. Marine Sgt. Bryan Swanson (left foreground), Marine

U.S. Marine Sgt. Bryan Swanson (left foreground), Marine

U.S. Marine Sgt. Bryan Swanson (left foreground), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264, flight line mechanic, leads Marines in conducting a foreign object debris walk, Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanista... More

Marines pose for headquarters company of Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company

Marines pose for headquarters company of Harley Davidson Motorcycle Co...

A poster of U.S. Marines and sailors of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 Forward, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Forward, group together for a photo for the headquarters company of Harley Davidson Motorcycle Compa... More

Lance Cpl. Jessica Craver, a motor transportation operator

Lance Cpl. Jessica Craver, a motor transportation operator

Lance Cpl. Jessica Craver, a motor transportation operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 7, carries a .50-caliber machine gun barrel for mounting onto an MK48 logistics vehicle system prior to convoy operatio... More

Cpl. Shawn McKinney, a Marine Tilt Rotor Squadron 162

Cpl. Shawn McKinney, a Marine Tilt Rotor Squadron 162

Cpl. Shawn McKinney, a Marine Tilt Rotor Squadron 162 flightline mechanic, was a freshman at Denton High School when the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 occurred. The event made Mckinney, of Denton, N.C, want to ... More

Master Gunnery Sgt. James Hunter, the Marine Aviation

Master Gunnery Sgt. James Hunter, the Marine Aviation

Master Gunnery Sgt. James Hunter, the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 maintenance chief, and his recently promoted son, Cpl. Nathan Hunter, a 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) embarkation clerk, are curr... More

Cpl. Zachary Keating, left, a Marine Tiltrotor Squadron

Cpl. Zachary Keating, left, a Marine Tiltrotor Squadron

Cpl. Zachary Keating, left, a Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 162 mechanic, discusses the maintenance schedule with another mechanic at Camp Bastion, Sept. 2. Keating and other mechanics work around the clock to ensu... More

The command of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40

The command of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40

The command of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 sings a song about the change of the squadron's name back to the Smokin' Aces at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Sept. 3. The song made reference to the squadron'... More

Sgt. Chad John is a Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Sgt. Chad John is a Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Sgt. Chad John is a Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 UAV operator currently deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. John, of Shiprock, N.M., has operated unmanned aerial vehicles for more than seven years.

Gen. James F. Amos (right), 35th commandant of the

Gen. James F. Amos (right), 35th commandant of the

Gen. James F. Amos (right), 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, is greeted by Lt. Col. Peter N. Lee, commanding officer, Marine Attack Squadron 513, during a visit to Kandahar Airfield, Helmand province, Afgha... More

Marine Corps Sgt. Eric Rader and his sister U.S. Air

Marine Corps Sgt. Eric Rader and his sister U.S. Air

Marine Corps Sgt. Eric Rader and his sister U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rebecca McHenry, serve together at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Rader and McHenry were raised in a military family and have learned to rel... More

Col. James Parker, the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward)

Col. James Parker, the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward)

Col. James Parker, the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) chief of staff, serves a meal to Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Ghulam Farooq Parwani during the during a dinner for coalition leaders at Camp Leathern... More

A Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 RQ-7B Shadow

A Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 RQ-7B Shadow

A Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 RQ-7B Shadow lands at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Oct. 3. Each Shadow carries a camera, which surveys and streams video to higher headquarters and ground units, g... More

Lance Cpl. London Welch is a chemical, biological,

Lance Cpl. London Welch is a chemical, biological,

Lance Cpl. London Welch is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Welch, a Littleton, Colo. native, joined th... More

Cpl. Kenneth Burns is a logistics specialist with Marine

Cpl. Kenneth Burns is a logistics specialist with Marine

Cpl. Kenneth Burns is a logistics specialist with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40, currently deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Burns, a native of Richmond, Va., said he joined the military to bet... More

Cpl. Tahrick Middlebrooks is a mechanic with Marine

Cpl. Tahrick Middlebrooks is a mechanic with Marine

Cpl. Tahrick Middlebrooks is a mechanic with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 currently deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Middlebrooks, a native of Atlanta, said he loves being in Afghanistan and lear... More

1st. Lt. Robert O'Neil, is an air support control officer

1st. Lt. Robert O'Neil, is an air support control officer

1st. Lt. Robert O'Neil, is an air support control officer deployed with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. O'Neil, a Tampa, Fla. native, is responsible for controlling airspace... More

Lance Cpl. Tomas Martinez is an aviation electrician

Lance Cpl. Tomas Martinez is an aviation electrician

Lance Cpl. Tomas Martinez is an aviation electrician with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162. Martinez, a native of Pemberville, Ohio, said he joined the military to better himself and serve his country.

Lance Cpl. Lawrence Jones, a native of Noatak, Alaska,

Lance Cpl. Lawrence Jones, a native of Noatak, Alaska,

Lance Cpl. Lawrence Jones, a native of Noatak, Alaska, works as a mechanic for Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 currently deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Jones traded his arctic home for the Afghan ... More

Cpl. Aine Feaser speaks to the Marines attending her

Cpl. Aine Feaser speaks to the Marines attending her

Cpl. Aine Feaser speaks to the Marines attending her re-enlistment ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Oct. 25. Feaser, a Tampa, Fla., native, serves as a Marine Air-Ground Task Force planner with 2nd Ma... More

Cpl. Matthew Miller is a mechanic with Marine Aviation

Cpl. Matthew Miller is a mechanic with Marine Aviation

Cpl. Matthew Miller is a mechanic with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40, currently deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Miller, from Winchester, Va., followed a 97-year-long family tradition of serving i... More

Cpl. Matthew Staley is an electrician currently deployed

Cpl. Matthew Staley is an electrician currently deployed

Cpl. Matthew Staley is an electrician currently deployed with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Staley was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., and before beco... More

A Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 CH-53D Sea Stallion

A Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 CH-53D Sea Stallion

A Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 CH-53D Sea Stallion provides movement of ground troops and cargo throughout Helmand province, Afghanistan, Nov. 1. The CH-53D Sea Stallion has transported Marine and their... More

Lance Cpl. Jimmy Trejo cuts a piece of conduit that

Lance Cpl. Jimmy Trejo cuts a piece of conduit that

Lance Cpl. Jimmy Trejo cuts a piece of conduit that will protect underground fiber optic cable at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, Nov. 3. Trejo, from Van Buren, Ark., works as a wireman for Marine Wing Communications ... More

Married Marines reunite in Afghanistan

Married Marines reunite in Afghanistan

Sgt. Angelica Dixon, left, and her husband, Sgt. Aaron Dixon, hold a picture of their daughter Angelina, at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, Nov. 6. The Dixons, who now call Cape Carteret, N.C., home, were both deploye... More

Cpl. Michael Stine is a CH-53D Sea Stallion electrician

Cpl. Michael Stine is a CH-53D Sea Stallion electrician

Cpl. Michael Stine is a CH-53D Sea Stallion electrician with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 currently deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Stine, a native of Toronto, Ohio, said he joined the military t... More

Marine brings infantry experience to aviation intelligence in Afghanistan

Marine brings infantry experience to aviation intelligence in Afghanis...

Staff Sgt. Jeffery Quattlebaum works as an intelligence analyst for the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadrons deployed in support of NATO International Security Assistance Force operations in southwestern ... More

Lance Cpl. Forrest R. Robinson

Lance Cpl. Forrest R. Robinson

Lance Cpl. Forrest R. Robinson is a CH-53E Super Stallion mechanic with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, deployed out of Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. Robinson, a native of Pontiac, Ill., is cur... More

MWSS-371 Thanksgiving, Afghanistan

MWSS-371 Thanksgiving, Afghanistan

Sgt. Kevin Harris welds an engineer trailer on Thanksgiving Day at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Harris, from Mayville, Wis., is deployed with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 from Marine Corps Air Station Yum... More

Cpl. Alberto Bejarno is a helicopter mechanic currently

Cpl. Alberto Bejarno is a helicopter mechanic currently

Cpl. Alberto Bejarno is a helicopter mechanic currently deployed with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Bejarno, of El Paso, Texas, said he joined the Marine Corps to ser... More

Lance Cpl. Patrick Meinzer is a field wiremen currently

Lance Cpl. Patrick Meinzer is a field wiremen currently

Lance Cpl. Patrick Meinzer is a field wiremen currently deployed with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28 to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Meinzer, of Sussex, Wis., said he joined the Marine Corps due to hi... More

A detachment of Marines from Marine Unmanned Aerial

A detachment of Marines from Marine Unmanned Aerial

A detachment of Marines from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 in Afghanistan completed their first unmanned aerial system cargo delivery in a combat zone, Dec. 17. The unmanned helicopter moved about 3... More

Staff Sgt. Meikos Ellis

Staff Sgt. Meikos Ellis

Staff Sgt. Meikos Ellis is the radio chief for Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28 currently deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Ellis, a native of Pell City, Ala.

Cpl. Zachary Voice, Afghanistan

Cpl. Zachary Voice, Afghanistan

Cpl. Zachary Voice provides security for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) currently deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Voice is a native of Aurora, Ill.

A Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 MV-22B Osprey

A Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 MV-22B Osprey

A Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 MV-22B Osprey sits poised for its next mission at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Jan. 4. The Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey moves NATO International Security Assistance Force troo... More

Sgt. Travis Bryant, a tactical air traffic controller,

Sgt. Travis Bryant, a tactical air traffic controller,

Sgt. Travis Bryant, a tactical air traffic controller, observes and controls aircraft in the skies of southwestern Afghanistan. Bryant, a native of Elizabethtown, Ky., is currently deployed with Marine Air Cont... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Madison DeLoach (right),

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Madison DeLoach (right),

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Madison DeLoach (right), aids Cpl. Zachary Hughes secure a plate carrier, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 5, 2011. HMH-363 co... More

Maj. Gen. Jon M. Davis, right, 2nd Marine Aircraft

Maj. Gen. Jon M. Davis, right, 2nd Marine Aircraft

Maj. Gen. Jon M. Davis, right, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, speaks with Lt. Col. Mark Revor, commanding officer of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Jan. 8. Dav... More

Lance Cpl. Daniel Mannheim

Lance Cpl. Daniel Mannheim

Lance Cpl. Daniel Mannheim is a communications repairmen deployed with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28 to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Mannheim, a native of Tipp City, Ohio, said he joined the Marine C... More

Cpl. Timothy Dockum serves as an aerial observer watching

Cpl. Timothy Dockum serves as an aerial observer watching

Cpl. Timothy Dockum serves as an aerial observer watching the Afghan landscape for threats behind a .50-caliber machinegun of an MV-22B Osprey, Jan. 17. Dockum, a native of McMinnville, Tenn., deployed with Mar... More

U.S. Marines of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward)

U.S. Marines of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward)

U.S. Marines of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) view photos of fallen Marines during a dedication of the Flight Line Memorial Chapel at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Jan. 31. The ceremony was in remembrance... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sterling Denson, Marine

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sterling Denson, Marine

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sterling Denson, Marine air-ground task force planner, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) Forward, posts as color guard during a transfer of authority ceremony on Camp Leatherneck, Helm... More

Transfer of Authority, Afghanistan

Transfer of Authority, Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant, commanding general, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) Forward, gives his remarks during a transfer of authority ceremony on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanista... More

Confidence Through Vigilance, Afghanistan

Confidence Through Vigilance, Afghanistan

U.S. Marines with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) work and provide security for their unit, Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, March 5, 2013. A poster was created to ensure 2d MAW (FWD) Marine... More

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Matthew D. Huddleston, MV-22B

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Matthew D. Huddleston, MV-22B

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Matthew D. Huddleston, MV-22B Osprey crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor 264, provides aerial security during a casualty evacuation drill with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW) Forwa... More

Smoke grenades simulate fire during a training exercise

Smoke grenades simulate fire during a training exercise

Smoke grenades simulate fire during a training exercise at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 27, 2013. The exercise was conducted to keep service members prepared in the event of downed air... More

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ryan P. Wells, a crew chief

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ryan P. Wells, a crew chief

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ryan P. Wells, a crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462), provides aerial security from inside a CH-53E Super Stallion over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2... More

U.S. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron

U.S. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron

U.S. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 perform maintenance on a CH-53E Super Stallion at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 14, 2013. The Marines removed the top rotor and prepare... More

A U.S. Marine with Marine Wing Support Squadron 372

A U.S. Marine with Marine Wing Support Squadron 372

A U.S. Marine with Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 performs maintenance on a 7-Ton Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 14, 2013. This Marine was responsible... More

U.S. Marines with Headquarters, 2nd Marine Aircraft

U.S. Marines with Headquarters, 2nd Marine Aircraft

U.S. Marines with Headquarters, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), distribute ammunition during a Battle Sight Zero (BZO) course at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 25, 2013. A BZO was per... More

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9), sit inside a CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462) at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghan... More

U.S. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron

U.S. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron

U.S. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462) load a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter onto a C-17 Globemaster at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Nov. 1, 2013. HMH-462 retrograded... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew P. Savoie, a crew

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew P. Savoie, a crew

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew P. Savoie, a crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462), provides aerial security over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Nov. 2, 2013. HMH-462 transported Ma... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck, deputy

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck, deputy

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck, deputy commandant of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, visits Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanista... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sterling M. Denson, an

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sterling M. Denson, an

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sterling M. Denson, an operations clerk with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2, stands at attention during the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) deactivation ceremony at Marine Co... More

UA CH-53E Super Stallion, with Marine Heavy Helicopter

UA CH-53E Super Stallion, with Marine Heavy Helicopter

UA CH-53E Super Stallion, with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461, performs a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission, in eastern Afghanistan, March 20. The Marines involved with the mission were ... More

Lance Cpl. Brent Nodland, an ordnance technician with

Lance Cpl. Brent Nodland, an ordnance technician with

Lance Cpl. Brent Nodland, an ordnance technician with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, checks the weapon systems on a AH-1 Super Cobra, at Forward Arming and Refueling Point Ouellette, Afghanistan,... More

Cpl. David Reinoso, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine

Cpl. David Reinoso, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine

Cpl. David Reinoso, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, annotates the results of his findings for locating sediments, at a new forward arming and refueling point at Combat Outpost Ouel... More

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines,

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines,

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, unload narcotics discovered during a vehicle in Afghanistan, May 9. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 and RCT-1 supported Op... More

Lance Cpl. Jacob Geier, an aviation ordnanceman with

Lance Cpl. Jacob Geier, an aviation ordnanceman with

Lance Cpl. Jacob Geier, an aviation ordnanceman with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122, transports BLU-111 A/B General Purpose 500-pound bombs operating an air launched weapons loader A/S32K-IE, at Kandahar A... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Alejandro Membreno, Marine Heavy

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Alejandro Membreno, Marine Heavy

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Alejandro Membreno, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, aircraft mechanic, secures bolts to an auxiliary tank panel on a Marine CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter, Camp Bastion, Afghanistan... More

A Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter

A Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter

A Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 provides security for coalition forces searching vehicles for drugs or weapons in southwestern, Afghanistan, M... More

U.S. Marine Sgt. Bryan Swanson (foreground), Marine

U.S. Marine Sgt. Bryan Swanson (foreground), Marine

U.S. Marine Sgt. Bryan Swanson (foreground), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264, flight line mechanic, leads Marines in conducting a foreign object debris walk, Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Ma... More

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 and Combat

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 and Combat

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 and Combat Logistics Battalion 7 convoy through Helmand River Valley in route to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, June 23. CLB-7 and MWSS-272 provided assistance in r... More

Sgt. Thomas Norris, a Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 162

Sgt. Thomas Norris, a Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 162

Sgt. Thomas Norris, a Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 162 MV-22B Osprey crew chief, departs the flight line after returning from a flight at Bastion Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 28. The crew chief aids in loading, unl... More

Staff Sgt. Johnathon Waytas, the aviation ordinance

Staff Sgt. Johnathon Waytas, the aviation ordinance

Staff Sgt. Johnathon Waytas, the aviation ordinance quality assurance technician for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40, remembers being in boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego during the terror... More

Master Gunnery Sgt. James Hunter, the Marine Aviation

Master Gunnery Sgt. James Hunter, the Marine Aviation

Master Gunnery Sgt. James Hunter, the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 maintenance chief, pins the rank of corporal on the collar of his son, Cpl. Nathan Hunter, a 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) embark... More

Sgt. Maj. Thomas Ruppert, The Marine Aviation Logistics

Sgt. Maj. Thomas Ruppert, The Marine Aviation Logistics

Sgt. Maj. Thomas Ruppert, The Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 sergeant major, stands with original MALS-40 Smokin' Aces Marines. These Marines were part of the squadron's set-up at Camp Bastion in 2009 an... More

Cpl. Zachary Keating, a Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 162

Cpl. Zachary Keating, a Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 162

Cpl. Zachary Keating, a Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 162 mechanic, was recently meritoriously promoted for the work the high caliber of work he provides in repairing the MV-22 Osprey. Keating of Idaho Falls, Idaho... More

Sgt. Chad John is a Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Sgt. Chad John is a Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Sgt. Chad John is a Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 UAV operator currently deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. John, of Shiprock, N.M., has operated unmanned aerial vehicles for more than seven years.

Gen. James F. Amos (right), 35th commandant of the

Gen. James F. Amos (right), 35th commandant of the

Gen. James F. Amos (right), 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, is greeted by Lt. Col. Peter N. Lee, commanding officer, Marine Attack Squadron 513, during a visit to Kandahar Airfield, Helmand province, Afgha... More

Marine Corps Sgt. Eric Rader and his sister U.S. Air

Marine Corps Sgt. Eric Rader and his sister U.S. Air

Marine Corps Sgt. Eric Rader and his sister U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rebecca McHenry, serve together at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Rader and McHenry were raised in a military family, and have learned to re... More

Col. Ben Hancock, the assistant wing commander of 2nd

Col. Ben Hancock, the assistant wing commander of 2nd

Col. Ben Hancock, the assistant wing commander of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), explains the cake's design to Afghan soldiers during a dinner for coalition leaders at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Sept. ... More

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 technicians

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 technicians

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 technicians launch an RQ-7B Shadow into the skies of Afghanistan, Oct. 3. The Shadow constantly streams data back to coalition ground commanders to plan their next stra... More

Lance Cpl. Kalvin Ray, an ammunition technician, serves

Lance Cpl. Kalvin Ray, an ammunition technician, serves

Lance Cpl. Kalvin Ray, an ammunition technician, serves with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. According to Ray, a native of Tucson, Ariz., he enjoys helping his fellow Marines,... More

Lt. Col. Russell Blauw is the commanding officer of

Lt. Col. Russell Blauw is the commanding officer of

Lt. Col. Russell Blauw is the commanding officer of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40, currently deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Blauw, a native of Orangevale, Calif., said he joined the military... More

Lance Cpl. Garett Duggan is a machinist with Marine

Lance Cpl. Garett Duggan is a machinist with Marine

Lance Cpl. Garett Duggan is a machinist with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 currently deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Duggan, from Lacombe, La., said he joined the Marines to learn a trade while e... More

1st. Lt. Robert O'Neil, is an air support control officer

1st. Lt. Robert O'Neil, is an air support control officer

1st. Lt. Robert O'Neil, is an air support control officer deployed with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. O'Neil, a Tampa, Fla. native, is responsible for controlling airspac... More

Cpl. Stacy Hunt is an administrative clerk with Marine

Cpl. Stacy Hunt is an administrative clerk with Marine

Cpl. Stacy Hunt is an administrative clerk with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363. Hunt, a native of Tucson, Ariz., said she joined the Marine Corps because it was challenging and she wanted to further her education.

Lance Cpl. Lawrence Jones, a native of Noatak, Alaska,

Lance Cpl. Lawrence Jones, a native of Noatak, Alaska,

Lance Cpl. Lawrence Jones, a native of Noatak, Alaska, works as a mechanic for Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 currently deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Jones traded his arctic home for the Afghan ... More

Cpl. Aine Feaser takes the oath of enlistment during

Cpl. Aine Feaser takes the oath of enlistment during

Cpl. Aine Feaser takes the oath of enlistment during her re-enlistment ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Oct. 25. Feaser, a Tampa, Fla., native, serves as a Marine Air-Ground Task Force planner with 2n... More

Sgt. Jamie Massey is a mechanic with Marine Aviation

Sgt. Jamie Massey is a mechanic with Marine Aviation

Sgt. Jamie Massey is a mechanic with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40, currently deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Massey, from Stuart, Va., said that he always wanted to grow up and become a Marine

Cpl. Matthew Staley is an electrician currently deployed

Cpl. Matthew Staley is an electrician currently deployed

Cpl. Matthew Staley is an electrician currently deployed with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Staley was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., and before beco... More

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 mechanics repair

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 mechanics repair

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 mechanics repair a CH-53 Sea Stallion on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Nov. 1. At the end of their current deployment these Marines will be leaving the squadron to work with CH... More

Cpl. Kayla Erianne, a field radio operator, helps her

Cpl. Kayla Erianne, a field radio operator, helps her

Cpl. Kayla Erianne, a field radio operator, helps her Marines pull tape through conduit being placed underground for fiber optic cable at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, Nov. 3. Erianne, from Bridgeton, N.J., helped t... More

Cpl. Michael Stine is a CH-53D Sea Stallion electrician

Cpl. Michael Stine is a CH-53D Sea Stallion electrician

Cpl. Michael Stine is a CH-53D Sea Stallion electrician with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 currently deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Stine, a native of Toronto, Ohio, said he joined the military t... More

Lance Cpl. Daniel Weekley is a helicopter electrician

Lance Cpl. Daniel Weekley is a helicopter electrician

Lance Cpl. Daniel Weekley is a helicopter electrician currently deployed with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Weekley, of Salem, W. Va., said he joined the Marine Corps... More

Lance Cpl. Bernardo Rosales is an electrician deployed

Lance Cpl. Bernardo Rosales is an electrician deployed

Lance Cpl. Bernardo Rosales is an electrician deployed with Marine Air Control Squadron 2 to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Rosales, of Miami, Fla., said he understands the sacrifice of being deployed during th... More

A detachment of Marines from Marine Unmanned Aerial

A detachment of Marines from Marine Unmanned Aerial

A detachment of Marines from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 in Afghanistan completed their first unmanned aerial system cargo delivery in a combat zone, Dec. 17. The unmanned helicopter moved about 3... More

Two Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 464 CH-53E Super

Two Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 464 CH-53E Super

Two Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 464 CH-53E Super Stallions prepare to liftoff from Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Jan. 4. The Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion moves NATO International Security Assistance For... More

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Zachary Hughes, weapons tactics

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Zachary Hughes, weapons tactics

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Zachary Hughes, weapons tactics instructor, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, observes Lance Cpl. Madison DeLoach operate a .50-caliber machine gun, Helmand River Valley, Helmand prov... More

The Marines of Marine Air Control Squadron 2, who operate

The Marines of Marine Air Control Squadron 2, who operate

The Marines of Marine Air Control Squadron 2, who operate the Tactical Air Operations Center at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, are responsible for assisting hundreds of aircraft in completing their mission ever... More

Maj. Gen. Jon M. Davis, left, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

Maj. Gen. Jon M. Davis, left, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

Maj. Gen. Jon M. Davis, left, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, places a combat aircrew wings patch on Staff Sgt. Paul Workman III, a crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, during a ce... More

Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines Regiment unload

Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines Regiment unload

Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines Regiment unload from MV-22B Osprey in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 17. This was the last mission flown during Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162's six month depl... More

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