vma 311

An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 takes off from the flight deck of the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

A little birdy told me it was someone’s birthday today …

Happy 239th to the U.S. Marine Corps, y'all! Thanks for all you’ve done.

A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 taxis on the flight line during Distant Frontier at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 25, 2014, in preparation for Red Flag-Alaska (RF-A) 15-1. RF-A is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos, U.S. Air Force/Released)