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A tribute to the “Green Berets” of Engine 60, Ladder 17 and all firefighters with the New York Fire Department is painted on the side of an AH-1W Super Cobra with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169. In an effort to ensure Marines remember why they are deployed, the squadron has adopted the ladder company, which was heavily involved during the rescue attempts at the World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2001.
Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 spent approximately one week developing and hand painting the aircraft.
(Photos and article by Sergeant John Jackson, 16 DEC 2012.)
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – In an effort to ensure Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 Marines remember why they are deployed, the squadron has adopted one of New York Fire Department’s most decorated ladder companies that was heavily involved during the rescue attempts at the World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2001.
The squadron, which is comprised of AH-1W Super Cobras and UH-1Y Hueys and tasked with providing air support to Marines and their coalition and Afghan partners, began its current deployment in southern Afghanistan during the beginning of November.
During HMLA’s deployment, in addition to communicating with the “Green Berets” of Engine 60, Ladder 17, a company that has been awarded 18 Department Medals for Valor and more than 20 unit citations since 1970, at the conclusion of the squadron’s shift change briefs, Lt. Col. Garrett Hoffman, commanding officer, HMLA-169, announces the name and shows the photograph of a fallen firefighter who lost his life on 9/11. He then ends the brief by saying two simple words, “Never forget.”
The squadron also has one additional tribute to the ladder company and to all New York City Fire Department members. Marines with the corrosion control section developed and painted a mural on the side on a Super Cobra to honor New York City’s Fire Department and to help ensure the squadron’s Marines and anyone who sees the aircraft patrol the Afghan sky remembers why they are deployed.
“We took an actual picture of the New York skyline prior to 9/11, and then scaled the photo,” said Sgt. Micheal Morgan, the corrosion control noncommissioned officer in charge. “Then we built a model to see how it would look on the (aircraft) and eventually hand painted the image on the actual (helicopter).”
The process took the corrosion control section approximately one week to complete. While the Marines in the section are proud of their work, they understand the importance and bigger picture of the message behind it.
“It serves as a reminder to everyone in the squadron and anyone who sees the aircraft,” said Lance Cpl. Jacob Estrada, a corrosion control Marine with the squadron. “Not only is it a reminder of why we are here, but it is also definitely a morale booster and motivator for everyone.”
“Sometimes when you are (working on the flightline), you forget exactly where you are,” said Lance Cpl. Philip Shands, a corrosion control Marine. “Now, every time you see that aircraft you remember where you are and why you are here.”
The mural painted on the aircraft is also intended to serve as a reminder to all Marines throughout Helmand province of the important role each of them plays.
“Not only does the aircraft represent the New York City emergency responders, it also reminds Marines of what we are fighting for here in Afghanistan,” said Capt. Gregory Butler, the corrosion control officer in charge and a Super Cobra pilot. “Regardless what a Marine does while deployed, whether he is working on the flightline, is an administrator or patrolling the streets, everyone plays a vital role.”
The squadron has approximately four months remaining in Afghanistan and will continue to support and pay tribute to Engine 60, Ladder 17 and the New York City Fire Department throughout their deployment, and the Super Cobra will continue to patrol the Afghan sky reminding Marines of why they are here.
U.S. Marines Corps Capt. Rob “Big Nasty” Gambrell a Joint Terminal Attack Controller from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay uses a radio to call out target information to a Marine UH-1Y Venom and a AH-1W Super Cobra from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HMLA-169) during a close air support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2012 live fire combat training mission over the Pohakuloa Training Area, (PTA) Hawaii. HMLA-169 is part of the aviation combat element of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 3.
Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in RIMPAC exercises from Jun. 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the worlds oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.
(Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth, 23 July 2012 via DVIDS.)
Mailed Fist Cobra.
An AH-1W Super Cobra from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., prepares to land at a forward arming and refueling point at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, N.C. A FARP can be quickly set up in remote locations and used to rapidly refuel and arm an aircraft, allowing the Marines and aircraft to get back in the air to continue their mission. The training was part of Exercise Mailed Fist, a large-scale exercise conducted by the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.
(Photo by Lance Corporal Stephen Stewart, 19 June 2012 via DVIDS.)
Lance Cpl. Aaron Cashmore, a crew member with Marine Helicopter Light Attack Squadron 773, and a Chicago native, jumps out of an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter positioned on West Superior Avenue. The aircraft was towed by HMLA-773 Marines to Public Square where it will be on display.
The square is one of the static displays positioned by Marines for the Marine Week Cleveland. Other displays open to the public will be located at Voinovich Park, Gateway Plaza and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Marine Week Cleveland runs June 11-17 and celebrates the community, the country and the Corps.
(Photo by Corporal Marcin Platek, 10 June 2012 via DVIDS.)
[Not a camo pattern I’ve seen in photos of active combat aircraft; interesting. -R]