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Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Animal swarm incoming.

More than ten UH1Y Venom helicopters inserted Marines with Animal Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, during a raid exercise. The Animal Co. Marines inserted into a training town by fast roping from the helicopters and engaged enemy role players while a designated team captured a suspected high-ranking insurgent. More than 20 Marines in the company were designated as enemy combatants and set up traps and obstacles throughout the town to challenge the assaulting Marines.

(Photos by Corporal Joseph Scanlan, 9 OCT 2013.)

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Ferguson Venom.

U.S. Marines with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force perform a helocast training exercise out of a UH-1Y Venom at Ferguson Lake, near Yuma, Arizona. The exercise is part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-16, a seven-week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. 

(U.S. Marine Corps photographs by Staff Sergeant Artur Shvartsberg, MAWTS-1 COMCAM, 3 OCT 2015.)

Marines Killed in Nepal Helo Crash Identified, Recovered

(From Joint Task Force 505 News Releases, 17 MAY 2015. Source.)

Joint Task Force 505 officials today identified the six U.S. Marines who were killed along with two Nepalese soldiers when their UH-1Y Huey helicopter went down in the mountains of Nepal May 12.

The fallen Marines are:

– Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, 29, a UH-1Y pilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, California, and a native of Harlan, Nebraska;

– Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, 31, a UH-1Y pilot with HMLA-469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, California, and a native of Sedgwick, Kansas;

– Sgt. Ward M. Johnson, IV, 29, a UH-1Y helicopter crew chief with HMLA-469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, California, and a native of Seminole, Florida;

– Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, 30, a UH-1Y helicopter crew chief with HMLA-469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, California, and a native of Riverside, California;

– Cpl. Sara A. Medina, a combat photographer with Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Okinawa, Japan, and a native of Kane, Illinois; and

– Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug, a combat videographer with Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Okinawa, Japan, and a native of Maricopa, Arizona.

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Outback playdate.

[Top] Sergeant Brian D. Richardson, a 29-year-old crew chief for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Leesburg, Fla., watches his aircraft’s “playmate,” the nickname for the second aircraft in a section, also a UH-1Y Venom helicopter, prepare to take off from a landing zone.

[Bottom] Lance Cpl. Jon D. Romero, a 27-year-old crew chief for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Westbury, N.Y., adjusts a .50 caliber GAU-21 machine gun aboard a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during live-fire training as part of Exercise Koolendong 13.

Three Venom helicopters and four MV-22 Osprey aircraft are operating from an expeditionary airfield 300 miles inland, supporting the battalion-sized element conducting the exercise. Koolendong demonstrates the operational reach of the 31st MEU and why it is the force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region. Also participating in the exercise is the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and soldiers of the 5th Royal Australian Army. The 31st MEU brings what it needs to sustain itself to accomplish the mission or to pave the way for follow-on forces. The size and composition of the 31st MEU makes it well suited for amphibious operations, which includes raids, assaults, evacuations and humanitarian assistance operations.

(Photos by Sergeant Paul Robbins, 2 SEP 2013.)