Photo: Marine Mission - Interdiction Delivery and Extraction
Posted By Blackfive
U.S. Marines sit inside a CH-53E Super Stallion as they participate in an interdiction operation from Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Oct. 28, 2013. The Stallion is assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, which provided support for the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment during the operation in Gurjat Village. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
U.S. Marines run toward a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter after an interdiction operation at Gurjat village in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Oct. 28, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4 (BLT), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security during an embassy reinforcement exercise at Arta Range, Oct. 26, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. All photos by U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erik Cardenas
An U.S. Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1/4 (BLT), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, carries a simulated terrorist during an embassy reinforcement exercise at Arta Range, Oct. 26, 2013.
U.S. Marines provide security while an MV-22 Osprey aircraft takes off during an embassy reinforcement exercise at the Arta Range training area near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Oct. 26, 2013.The Marines, assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Battalion Landing Team, performed riot control and force protection during the training scenario.
U.S. Marines use a radio to transmit messages during an embassy reinforcement exercise at the Arta Range training area near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Oct. 26, 2013.
Posted By Blackfive U.S. Army Spc. Joy Odom recites the oath to re-enlist from the back of a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter during a mission over Laghman province, Afghanistan, Nov. 1, 2013. Odom, an aviation operations specialist, is assigned to Headquarters Company, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
Posted By Blackfive U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Savoie provides aerial security over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2013. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 supported Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, during an interdiction operation in Gurjat village. Savoie, a crew chief, is assigned to the squadron. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
Posted By Blackfive U.S. Marines move toward a CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 at Gurjat village in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Oct. 28, 2013. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 provided aerial support for the Marine unit during an interdiction operation. The Marines are assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment.U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
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Posted By Blackfive A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter carries a shipping container during retrograde operations and base closures in Afghanistan's Wardak province, Oct. 26, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
Posted By Blackfive A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor backs away from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a refueling mission over New Mexico, Oct. 23, 2013. The Raptor pilot is assigned to the 49th Fighter Wing and the Stratotanker is assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier
Posted By Blackfive U.S. Army Sgt. Walter Miles, foreground, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Nick Wahlquist, center left, and U.S. Army Pfc. Kyle O'Brien practice mountaintop landing zone security techniques with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 14, 2013. Miles, Wahlquist and O'Brien are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Artillery Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, and the helicopter crew members are assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jameanthony Gray
Posted By Blackfive U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Amanda Combs prepares her AH-64 Apache helicopter for a security and reconnaissance mission over Logar and Wardak provinces from Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan's Logar province, Oct. 22, 2013. Combs, a pilot, is assigned to 2nd Battalion Assault, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
Posted By Blackfive The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman sails during sunset in the Gulf of Oman, Oct. 19, 2013. The Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to conduct maritime security operations and support theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mike DiMestico
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