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Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 15 board an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 “Greyhawks” for a flight to Bryant Field Airport in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 20. The flight doubled as a familiarization flight for both parties as they are slated to work together during their upcoming deployment with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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Pfc. Josh Barron, a crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 “Greyhawks,” speaks to pilots during a flight from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., to Bryant Field Airport in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 20. Crew chiefs are responsible for loading Marines into the aircraft. They ensure everyone is strapped in and accounted for before take off and that weight is evenly distributed as to not disturb the flight.
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Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 15 prepare for take off in an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 “Greyhawks,” before a flight to Bryant Field Airport in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 20. Pilots used the added weight for familiarization when flying at higher altitudes. This allowed them to get a better feel for how their aircraft would maneuver and handle with extra weight.
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Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 15 disembark from an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 “Greyhawks” after a flight to Bryant Field Airport in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 20. The squadron supported the battalion’s movement from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., to the airport where the Marines would took part in a mountain exercise. The flight also served as a familiarization flight for both parties as they are slated to deploy together with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 “Greyhawks,” flies after a troop-movement flight with Combat Logistics Battalion 15 over Southern California, Aug. 20. The squadron supported the logistics unit’s movement from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., to the airport for a mountain training exercise. The flight doubled as a familiarization flight for both units who are slated to work together during their upcoming deployment with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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Capt. Taylor Couch, a pilot with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466, poses with friends during a homecoming event aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 15. Couch was one of the Marines with HMH-466 returning from a recent deployment.
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A child holds a Marine Corps flag while waiting for Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466 to arrive during a homecoming event aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 15. HMH-466 recently returned from a deployment, and were greeted at their homecoming by family and friends.
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A Marine and his wife hold each other during a homecoming event aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 15. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466 recently came back from a deployment and were greeted by family and friends.
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Two Marines embrace during a homecoming event aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 15. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466 came back from a recent deployment and were greeted by family and friends.
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Skylar Wheeler, nine-month-old daughter of Sgt. Justin Wheeler, sits in a stroller with a sign waiting for her dad’s return home from deployment aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 15. Sgt. Justin Wheeler was one of many Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466 who returned home from a recent deployment.
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A dog, Bailey, sits next to a sign made to welcome Sgt. Greg Haben back home from deployment aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 15. Haben was one of many Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466 who returned home from a recent deployment.
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Chief Josh Allen, assistant fire chief with the Miramar Fire Department, checks his bearings before the wildland firefighting exercise with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing aviators aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 14. The training was designed to build a communication based foundation for firefighters and aviators to build on in case of future fires aboard the air station or in the San Diego community.
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A CH-53E Super Stallion with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing carries an empty bucket to a simulated fire during the wildland firefighting exercise with the Miramar Fire Department aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 14. The fire department here can call upon 3rd MAW Marines and reliably assist from the ground and the air when other fire combating elements like the United States Forest Service request additional assets to support fires throughout California.
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A CH-53E Super Stallion with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing flies overhead carrying an empty bucket to a simulated fire during the wildland firefighting exercise with the Miramar Fire Department aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 14. This is the first time the two elements combined to work together for training, and are slated to train together to prepare for any wildfires that may occur.
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Capt. Danny Rivas, left, fire captain and Division “A” leader with the Miramar Fire Department, talks to his team during the wildland firefighting exercise with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing aviators aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 14. Aviators and firefighters worked together to fight a simulated fire in order to build familiarity and a foundation in communication for future use while fighting fires.
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Brian Cato, a firefighter with the Miramar Fire Department, disassembles a fire hose after the wildland firefighting exercise with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing aviators aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 14. Aviators and firefighters worked together to fight a simulated fire in order to build familiarity and a foundation in communication for future use while fighting fires.
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