mv22b

Brown-out incoming.

U.S. Marines assigned to Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit provide security as a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 (Reinforced), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepares to land during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel training exercise at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The expeditionary unit was deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group.

(DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Lonzo-Grei D. Thornton, U.S. Marine Corps, 6 JAN 2014.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Neon moon.

An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 (Reinforced) takes off during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations.

(Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries, 31 JUL 2013.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: I swear it’s not a UFO.

Students from the Infantry Officer Course (IOC) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., completed a “Proof-of-Concept” 1,100 mile, long-range operation from Twentynine Palms, Calif., to Fort Hood, Texas, via MV-22 Ospreys. The Marines fast-roped into a mock city to secure the embassy and rescue key U.S. personnel.

(Photo by Sergeant Tyler Main, 15 DEC 2013.)