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Jan 17, 2011

Bundles of supplies exit the back of a KC-130J, belonging to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, Detachment A, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), during a section aerial delivery to Marines of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. A section aerial delivery is comprised of two aircraft making a supply drop. Bundles used during the drop are created using thick cardboard pallets and boxes of water, food or ammunition. Parachutes are then attached to the top of the bundles and rigged for automatic deployment as they leave the aircraft during flight. It took the Marines about two hours, from preparing the aircraft to releasing the bundles, to successfully complete the mission. Through teamwork, the VMGR-352, Det. A, Marines continually support coalition forces on the front lines and in isolated locations by delivering the supplies they need in the quickest manner possible.

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