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3rd MAW CG visits Marines at ITX 2-18
3rd MAW CG visits Marines at ITX 2-18
Maj. Gen. Mark R. Wise, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, visits Marines from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 267 during Integrated Training Exercise 2-18 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 2, 2018. ITX provides a realistic training environment for Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua S. McAlpine/Released)
Bittersweet farewell as last 3rd MAW Super Cobra takes final flight
Bittersweet farewell as last 3rd MAW Super Cobra takes final flight
Marine pilots, Capt. John T. Fischer and Capt. Daniel J. Houser, both with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron (HMLAT) 303, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39, prepare to embark on the final flight with the last 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) AH-1W “Super Cobra” as it departs, Feb. 6, to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) in Arizona. The AH-1W Super Cobra has been transitioned to the AH-1Z Viper. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Pfc. Juan Anaya Jr./ Released)
1st Recon takes to the sky with "Warhorse"
1st Recon takes to the sky with "Warhorse"
Sgt. Adam Collins, a CH-53E crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 465, scans the area below between jumps during flight and parachute operations with 1st Marine Reconnaissance Battalion at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 6. During parachute and flight operations, the ground combat element and the air combat element work together to ensure safety and mission accomplishment during training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. David Bickel/Released)
Flying the Barn; HMH-361 launches 8 aircraft at once
Flying the Barn; HMH-361 launches 8 aircraft at once
Maintainers with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 361 conduct a pre-flight check of a CH-53E Super Stallion at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 8. HMH-361 successfully launched eight CH-53Es for a single flight as a display of appreciation for the hard work of the squadron’s maintainers. Four aircraft returned to HMH-361, and the other four aircraft attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 for an upcoming deployment with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Servando Morales/Released)
Purple Foxes transports ground troops during Winter Fury
Purple Foxes transports ground troops during Winter Fury
Marine Corps Landing Zone Eagle, Calif. – Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5), 1st Marine Division, exit an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 364 as part of a training mission in support of Exercise Winter Fury 18 at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 7. The squadron’s mission was to transport Marines with 2/5 to Landing Zone Eagle in order to train for a combat scenario. The exercise spans several locations: Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and MCAS Miramar. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nadia J. Stark/Released)
Wreaths Across America: remembering those who served
Wreaths Across America: remembering those who served
Sgt. Maj. James Porterfield, sergeant major of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, speaks at the Wreaths Across America event at Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, Dec. 16. Wreaths Across America is a national organization whose mission is to remember those who have served in the military, and honor their service and sacrifice. Each December, volunteers assist in laying wreaths upon the gravesites at national cemeteries across all 50 states. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kimberlyn Adams/Released)
3rd MAW supports firefighting in San Diego County
3rd MAW supports firefighting in San Diego County
A UH-1Y Venom from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 267 picks up a load of water from Lake O'Neil at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 8. 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is coordinating with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to support fire fighting efforts against the Lilac Fire in northern San Diego County. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Ralph/Released)
Air Refueling Omega Tanker C-707
Air Refueling Omega Tanker C-707
Civilian Aircraft Omega Tanker C-707 conducts an aerial refueling flight off the coast of San Diego, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017. Omega Aerial Refueling Services provided air-to-air refueling to multiple units in a joint effort to improve air refueling readiness in support of Winter Fury 18.
KC-130J gets ready for Winter Fury 18
KC-130J gets ready for Winter Fury 18
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. – Sgt. Nicholas Day, a crewmaster with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352 performs pre-flight maintenance in preparation to support missions for Exercise Winter Fury 18 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Dec. 5. The exercise spans several locations: Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., MCAS Miramar and MCAS Yuma, Ariz. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nadia J. Stark/Released)
Hornets support ground troops during Winter Fury
Hornets support ground troops during Winter Fury
Marines with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 prepare several AV-8B Harriers for support missions during Exercise Winter Fury 2017 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 28. The Exercise spans several locations including Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., and MCAS Miramar. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nadia J. Stark/Released)
AV-8B Harrier II gets ready for Winter Fury 18
AV-8B Harrier II gets ready for Winter Fury 18
Lance Cpl. David Gaytan, an aircraft ordinance technician with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214, checks an AV-8B Harrier before the removal of ordnance during Exercise Winter Fury 18 at Marine Corp Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 29. Marines prepared several Harriers to support Winter Fury 18, which spans several locations including Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar and MCAS Yuma, Ariz. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nadia J. Stark/Released)
Helicopter Support Team
Helicopter Support Team
CHOCOLATE MOUNTAIN AERIAL GUNNERY RANGE, Calif. - A CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 361 flies with a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) training load attached over Landing Zone Bull, Calif., Dec. 6. Marines with HMH-361 and Combat Logistics Battalion 13, conducted a dual sling helicopter support team exercise in support of Marine Aircraft Group 16. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel Auvert)
AV-8B Harrier II gets ready for Winter Fury 18
AV-8B Harrier II gets ready for Winter Fury 18
Lance Cpl. David Gaytan, an aircraft ordinance technician with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214, checks an AV-8B Harrier before the removal of ordnance during Exercise Winter Fury 18 at Marine Corp Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 29. Marines prepared several Harriers to support Winter Fury 18, which spans several locations including Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar and MCAS Yuma, Ariz. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nadia J. Stark/Released)
DCA visits MCAS Miramar
DCA visits MCAS Miramar
The Deputy Commandant for Marine Corps Aviation, LtGen. Steven R. Rudder, visits with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 on Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 18, 2017. LtGen. Rudder spoke with multiple squadrons on MCAS Miramar about mission readiness and encouraged discussion on projected changes in Marine Corps aviation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nadia J. Stark/Released)
Integrated: Squadrons work to complete TRAP
Integrated: Squadrons work to complete TRAP
Ground troops load a simulated casualty into a UH-1Y Huey with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 267 during a simulated tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel (TRAP) mission at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 11. TRAP missions allow pilots and crew chiefs to directly integrate with ground troops, simulating potential scenarios that could take place when forward deployed. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. David Bickel/Released)
DCA visits MCAS Miramar
DCA visits MCAS Miramar
The Deputy Commandant for Marine Corps Aviation, LtGen. Steven R. Rudder, speaks to pilots from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 on Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 18, 2017. LtGen. Rudder spoke with multiple squadrons on MCAS Miramar about mission readiness and encouraged discussion on projected changes in Marine Corps aviation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nadia J. Stark/Released)
2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show
2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show
Marines with 1st Marine Division provide ground security during the Marine air-ground task force demonstration in the 2017 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show at MCAS Miramar, Calif., Sept. 24. The theme for the air show is “A Salute to Vietnam Veterans” and features several performances and displays recognizing the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans. The air show also showcases world-class civilian performers, military flight demonstration teams, capabilities of the MAGTF and celebrates our longstanding relationship with our neighbors in the local San Diego community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Clare J. McIntire/Released)
2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show
2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show
Three MV-22B Ospreys with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing demonstrate the capabilities of a Marine air-ground task force during the 2017 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show at MCAS Miramar, Calif., Sept. 24. The theme for the air show is “A Salute to Vietnam Veterans” and features several performances and displays recognizing the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans. The air show also showcases world-class civilian performers, military flight demonstration teams, capabilities of the MAGTF and celebrates our longstanding relationship with our neighbors in the local San Diego community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Clare J. McIntire/Released)
2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show
2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show
Marines with 1st Marine Division demonstrate the capabilities of a Marine air-ground task force during the 2017 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show at MCAS Miramar Calif., Sept. 22. The theme for the air show is “A Salute to Vietnam Veterans” and features several performances and displays recognizing the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans. “The 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show gives the public and current service members an opportunity to say thank you to the veterans of the Vietnam War,” said Col. Jason Woodworth, commanding officer of MCAS Miramar. “Our goal is to remind the veterans that the country cares about them and truly values the sacrifice they made for the American people, regardless of how they were treated when they initially returned from Vietnam.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathaniel McAllister/Released)
Marines with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) band play several musical selections during the opening ceremony of the 152nd Scottish Highland Gathering and Games in Pleasanton, Calif., Sept. 2. In addition to performing concerts, 3rd MAW band members built relationships with pipe bands from around the world including Scotland, Canada and the United States. (U.S. Marines Corps photo by Sgt. David Bickel/Released)
Bands and Bagpipes: 3rd MAW Band visits “152nd Scottish Highland Gathering and Games”
Marines with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) band play several musical selections during the opening ceremony of the 152nd Scottish Highland Gathering and Games in Pleasanton, Calif., Sept. 2. In addition to performing concerts, 3rd MAW band members built relationships with pipe bands from around the world including Scotland, Canada and the United States. (U.S. Marines Corps photo by Sgt. David Bickel/Released)
The Honorable Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy, greets Marines during his visit to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 30. The visit allowed Spencer the opportunity to talk with Marines directly, discussing mission essential tasks as well as general readiness criteria needed for daily operation at MCAS Miramar. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. David Bickel/Released)
Secretary of the Navy visits MCAS Miramar
The Honorable Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy, greets Marines during his visit to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 30. The visit allowed Spencer the opportunity to talk with Marines directly, discussing mission essential tasks as well as general readiness criteria needed for daily operation at MCAS Miramar. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. David Bickel/Released)
Two Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 “Wake Island Avengers,” 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, walk away from the flight line after inspecting F-35B Lightning IIs at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 5. A total of 10 aircraft and more than 250 Marines with VMFA-211 will participate in Red Flag 17-3, a realistic combat training exercise involving the U.S. Air Force and its allies, to assess the squadron’s ability to deploy and support contingency operations using the F-35B. Red Flag 17-3 begins July 10 and ends July 28. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens/Released)
Bringing the heat: F-35B Lightning IIs arrive at Nellis Air Force Base for Red Flag 17-3
Two Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 “Wake Island Avengers,” 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, walk away from the flight line after inspecting F-35B Lightning IIs at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 5. A total of 10 aircraft and more than 250 Marines with VMFA-211 will participate in Red Flag 17-3, a realistic combat training exercise involving the U.S. Air Force and its allies, to assess the squadron’s ability to deploy and support contingency operations using the F-35B. Red Flag 17-3 begins July 10 and ends July 28. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens/Released)
Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 “Wake Island Avengers,” 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, salute each other after an F-35B Lightning II pilot landed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 5. A total of 10 aircraft and more than 250 Marines with VMFA-211 will participate in Red Flag 17-3, a realistic combat training exercise involving the U.S. Air Force and its allies, to assess the squadron’s ability to deploy and support contingency operations using the F-35B. Red Flag 17-3 begins July 10 and ends July 28. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens/Released)
Bringing the heat: F-35B Lightning IIs arrive at Nellis Air Force Base for Red Flag 17-3
Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 “Wake Island Avengers,” 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, salute each other after an F-35B Lightning II pilot landed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 5. A total of 10 aircraft and more than 250 Marines with VMFA-211 will participate in Red Flag 17-3, a realistic combat training exercise involving the U.S. Air Force and its allies, to assess the squadron’s ability to deploy and support contingency operations using the F-35B. Red Flag 17-3 begins July 10 and ends July 28. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens/Released)
Marines with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39 participate in the MAG-39 “Victory Lap” around the flightline on Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 22. Marines from 11 squadrons in MAG-39 participated in the run to celebrate a year of aviation excellence. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Liah Smuin/Released)
Take it on the left foot: MAG-39 celebrates excellence with Victory Lap
Marines with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39 participate in the MAG-39 “Victory Lap” around the flightline on Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 22. Marines from 11 squadrons in MAG-39 participated in the run to celebrate a year of aviation excellence. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Liah Smuin/Released)
Two F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 taxi to the runway during the Marine Division Tactics Course at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 16. This course gives pilots air-to-air combat experience and the tools to train Marines in their squadrons on the latest tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kimberlyn Adams/Released)
Marine Division Tactics Course: to win, to kill, to survive
Two F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 taxi to the runway during the Marine Division Tactics Course at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 16. This course gives pilots air-to-air combat experience and the tools to train Marines in their squadrons on the latest tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kimberlyn Adams/Released)
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