Thursday, July 14, 2011

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force,

All Photos by Cpl. Chad Pulliam
Cpl. Devin P. Tiernan (left) and Sgt. Jeremy D. Lima with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force take cover behind a rock while a UH-1Y lands after an assault on a mock town here July 12. The MRF, along with a section of the unit's aviation combat element, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced), and command element are taking part in a large-scale exercise with ocean and urban-based scenarios.

Several Marine CH-46 Sea Knights transport Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force back to base after the MRF conducted a raid on a mock village here July 12. The MRF, along with a section of the unit's aviation combat element, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced), and command element are taking part in a large-scale exercise with ocean and urban-based scenarios.

Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force receive a brief before conducting a raid of a mock town at Camp San Luis Obispo, Calif., July 12. The MRF, along with a section of the unit's aviation combat element, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced), and command element are taking part in a large-scale exercise with ocean and urban-based scenarios.

Maj. Anthonol Neely, commander of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force, is dropped off by a UH-1Y helicopter during an assault mission on a mock village here July 12. The MRF, along with a section of the unit's aviation combat element, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced), and command element are taking part in a large-scale exercise with ocean and urban-based scenarios.

Lance Cpl. Matthew Stauber with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force monitors radio traffic during an assault on a mock town here July 12. The MRF, along with a section of the unit's aviation combat element, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced), and command element are taking part in a large-scale exercise with ocean and urban-based scenarios.

Joint Terminal Attack Controllers provide air support for convoys

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced) in action.

NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY, POINT, Calif.-A CH-46E Sea Knight lands at Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268's forward arming and refueling point July 12 Camp San Luis Opispo during the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's large-scale exercise with ocean and urban-based scenarios. The reinforced squadron is the aviation combat element for the unit. , Lance Cpl. Ryan Carpenter, 7/12/2011 1:05 PM
NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY, POINT, Calif.-Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced) exit a CH-53E Super Stallion at Camp San Luis Obispo, Calif., July 12. The Marines set up a forward arming and refueling point during the 11th Marine Expeditionary unit's large-scale exercise with ocean and urban-based scenarios. The squadron is the aviation combat element for the unit., Lance Cpl. Ryan Carpenter, 7/12/2011 11:10 AM
NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY, POINT, Calif.-Lance Cpl. Kevin A. Kohl, left, and Cpl. Daniel T. Conroy provide security at Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268's forward arming and refueling point at Camp San Luis Opispo July 12 during the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's large-scale exercise with ocean and urban-based scenarios. Kohl, 19, is from Buffalo, N.Y. Conroy, 21, is from Boston. Both Marines serve as low-altitude air defense gunners with the reinforced squadron, which is the aviation combat element for the unit., Lance Cpl. Ryan Carpenter, 7/12/2011 2:09 PM
NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY, POINT, Calif.-Cpl. James H. Schmall checks a fuel gauge on a CH-46E Sea Knight at Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268's forward arming and refueling point at Camp San Luis Opispo July 12. Schmall, a 23-year-old Jackson, Mich., native, is a CH-46E crew chief with the reinforced squadron, which is the aviation combat element for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. , Lance Cpl. Ryan Carpenter, 7/12/2011 1:37 PM

Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team...

All Photos by SSgt Ryan Crane. 
 
Sgt. Normand Gagnon, team leader attached to Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, scans the mountainside for enemy activity while on a patrol in Alingar District July 13. Laghman PRT's mission was to meet with the Alingar District leaders then perform a final inspection on two construction projects in the area.
U.S. Army Capt. Devin Ciminero, company commander, attached to Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, watches his sector while serving as personal security for the civil affairs team speaking with a local school teacher in Alingar District July 13. Laghman PRT's mission was to meet with the Alingar district leaders, then perform a final inspection on two construction projects in the area.

Spc. Adam Supino, rifleman attached to Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, scans a mountain side for enemy activity while on a patrol in Alingar District July 13. Laghman PRT's mission was to meet with the Alingar District leaders then perform a final inspection on two construction projects in the area.
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How are these units farmed out?  Do they fall under a Brigade or do they come under control of a Regional Command?

First F-35A delivered to Eglin AFB, Fla



Awesome news.

Have you noticed that all the bumps that seem to be hitting the F-35 always arrive just before another milestone is reached?

It almost seems calculated doesn't it?

Even the European's are saying it now...

via Defense Management...
The conflict in Libya should act as a "wake-up call" to the European NATO members making a "pathetic" contribution to NATO operations, Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said.

Answering questions after speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, Fox said that too many European nations in NATO were "trying to get a free ride" off the US when it came to their own security.

"It is quite clear that they [the US] cannot continue to shoulder the burden of everyone else's defence,' said Fox.

"When we look at the sometimes pathetic contributions being made by some countries inside NATO, the European elements of NATO cannot expect the US to come to our aid on every occasion.

"Far too many of our European partners are still trying to get a free ride and they should regard Libya as a wake-up call.

"The US will not always be there to bail them out and if they want an insurance policy they should think about paying the premium."


Despite the extra strain caused by the relative lack of support, Fox said that the UK would be involved in Libya for 'as long as it takes' and that it was important not to suggest there was an endpoint to NATO's commitment in the country.

"When we talk about Libya we need to be absolutely unequivocal about the signals that we send to the regime.

"The regime will take nothing but comfort from those who say we may not have the will, may not have the money, may not have the capabilities.

"Those listening in Libya should be absolutely crystal clear. We do not lack political resolve, we do not lack military capabilities and we will see our mission through."
Wow.

But before Fox slams other European countries he might want to look in the mirror.  He's gutted his own forces and his plan for the future appears to have him riding either US or French coat tails.