Monday, December 12, 2011

Marine air interdiction force supports Afghan Border Patrol from above

KHAN-NESHIN, Afghanistan-U.S. Marine Sgt. Eric Colley, a 23-year-old native of Caldwell, Idaho, posts security during an air interdiction force mission here, Dec. 7. The AIF mission was conducted in support of an Afghan Border Police led clearing operation in Khan-Neshin. During the mission, Marines and sailors from Charlie Co., 1/25, and 2nd Bn., 11th Marines, circled above, searching for suspicious vehicles or personnel. The AIF plays a unique role with Regimental Combat Team 5’s counter-insurgency operations in southern Helmand. , Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez, 12/11/2011 11:49 PM
KHAN-NESHIN, Afghanistan-U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. John Lynch, a 22-year-old Brookfield, Conn. native and motor transport operator with 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, posts security during an air interdiction force mission here, Dec. 7. The AIF mission was conducted in support of an Afghan Border Police led clearing operation in Khan-Neshin. During the mission, Marines and sailors from Charlie Co., 1/25, and 2nd Bn., 11th Marines, circled above, searching for suspicious vehicles or personnel. The AIF plays a unique role with Regimental Combat Team 5’s counter-insurgency operations in southern Helmand., Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez, 12/11/2011 10:44 PM

KHAN-NESHIN, Afghanistan-U.S. Marine Sgt. Alston Hays, an air interdiction force team member with Regimental Combat Team 5, searches a local man during an air interdiction force mission here, Dec. 7. The AIF mission was conducted in support of an Afghan Border Police led clearing operation in Khan-Neshin. During the mission, Marines and sailors from Charlie Co., 1/25, and 2nd Bn., 11th Marines, circled above, searching for suspicious vehicles or personnel. The AIF plays a unique role with Regimental Combat Team 5’s counter-insurgency operations in southern Helmand., 2nd Lt. Chris Harper, 12/11/2011 10:43 PM

KHAN-NESHIN, Afghanistan-U.S. Marines with the air interdiction force composed of 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, and 2nd Bn., 11th Marines, pause for a break as a CH-53 Sea Stallion refuels during an Afghan Border Police led clearing operation here, Dec. 7. The AIF circles high in sky above, searching for suspicious vehicles or personnel, and plays a unique role in counter-insurgency operations in southern Helmand. , Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez, 12/12/2011 12:23 AM

KHAN-NESHIN, Afghanistan-U.S. Marine Sgt. Ryan McDowell, a 24-year-old rifleman from Kent, Ohio, moves toward a target during an air interdiction force mission here, Dec. 7. The AIF mission was conducted in support of an Afghan Border Police led clearing operation in Khan-Neshin. During the mission, Marines and sailors from Charlie Co., 1/25, and 2nd Bn., 11th Marines, circled above, searching for suspicious vehicles or personnel. The AIF plays a unique role with Regimental Combat Team 5’s counter-insurgency operations in southern Helmand., Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez, 12/11/2011 11:10 PM

KHAN-NESHIN, Afghanistan-KHAN NESHIN, Helmand province, Afghanistan – U.S. Marines with the air interdiction force composed of 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, and 2nd Bn., 11th Marines, search a vehicle during an air interdiction force mission here, Dec. 7. The AIF mission was conducted in support of an Afghan Border Police led clearing operation in Khan-Neshin. During the mission, Marines and sailors from Charlie Co., 1/25, and 2nd Bn., 11th Marines, circled above, searching for suspicious vehicles or personnel. The AIF plays a unique role with Regimental Combat Team 5’s counter-insurgency operations in southern Helmand., Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez, 12/11/2011 10:42 PM

KHAN-NESHIN, Afghanistan-U.S. Marine Capt. Stephen Bartoszak, Charlie Company, 1/25 executive officer and 27-year-old native of Centereach, N.Y., posts security during an air interdiction force mission here, Dec. 7. The AIF mission was conducted in support of an Afghan Border Police led clearing operation in Khan-Neshin. During the mission Marines and sailors from Charlie Co., 1/25, and 2nd Bn., 11th Marines, circled above, searching for suspicious vehicles or personnel. The AIF plays a unique role with Regimental Combat Team 5’s counter-insurgency operations in southern Helmand., Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez, 12/11/2011 11:39 PM

Russian Naval Infantry landing exercise...

Australia picks its JLTV...

Jonathan (thanks again!) sent me this article that shows the silliness of US ground vehicle procurement programs.  The Aussies have gotten their JLTV pick selected and we're still wandering around dazed and confused.  Good for them, pathetic for us.  Read it here but a tidbit...
Australia aims to buy up to 1,300 of the high-mobility Hawkei, to be built in Bendigo where Thales Australia also produces the larger Bushmaster infantry vehicle, used by Australian, British and Dutch troops in Afghanistan.