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    Default 'Night Owls' Scan From Above, Provide MEB-Afghanistan With Intelligence

    [FONT=Verdana]'Night Owls' Scan From Above, Provide MEB-Afghanistan With Intelligence[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]CAMP DWYER, HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Unmanned aerial vehicles from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 survey Helmand province 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in support of the ground units of Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan.

    The squadron, nicknamed "Night Owls," uses two different types of UAVs to accomplish their mission and provide Marine Aircraft Group 40 and MEB-Afghanistan with real-time information of designated areas of operation.

    "Our mission is to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for the MEB through still imagery and real-time full-motion video, day or night, for the infantry battalions on the ground as well as 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion," said Lt. Col. Brian Wright, the squadron executive officer.

    Since moving the majority of their detachment here, the squadron has increased its operational efficiency with help from Marine Wing Support Squadron 371.

    In just two days, the Night Owls and Sand Sharks worked together to finish building an expeditionary airfield approximately the size of three football fields in length.

    "The aluminum matting-2 provides us with the solid ground that we need," said Wright. "It will increase mission capability rates and make it easier to keep our aircraft in the air."

    The squadron currently uses the RQ-7B Shadow and ScanEagle UAVs to accomplish their mission. The Shadow is used day and night for reconnaissance, surveillance, battle damage assessments, and radio relay to support the ground units, while the ScanEagle possesses the same capabilities along with faster flight speed and longer flight time.

    By the end of October, the Shadow is expected to accumulate approximately 600 flight hours, while the ScanEagle should reach close to 18,000 flight hours.

    These aircraft are not simply looking for the enemy's location, they're also used to give mission planners a picture of the entire battlespace.

    "We have a very important role here supporting the ground guys," said Wright. "When they can't see over the horizon or in a particular area, we provide them not only with the location of the enemy, but more importantly with the location of friendly [units]."

    Like all aircraft, maintenance is necessary to keep these UAVs airborne. Both aircraft are easily maintained and now have a solid flight line of their own to take off from and land on.

    "We conduct our dailys (daily inspections) prior to takeoff, but the UAVs are not high-maintenance," said Lance Cpl. Gregory Dixon, an aviation mechanic and plane captain for the Night Owls. "After that, we spy on the bad guys and as long as we're in the air, we look for any suspicious activity that we can relay to the ground units."

    The Marines behind the scenes, controlling the aircraft and analyzing the intelligence, make up the core of the unit.

    "We provide insight and graphic overview for the targets before Marines reach the target," said Sgt. Mark Neeley, Night Owls imagery analyst. "We have taken images of entire villages before the ground Marines even reached there and really whatever they need, we provide."

    While 24-hour operations keep the Night Owls busy, they will soon be able to rest when they transfer authority to VMU-3 out of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., later this fall.










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    [FONT=Verdana]Marine Engineers Construct Major Fortifications in Helmand's Hostile Territory[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]KOSHTAY, Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – The mission for Marines here is to seize ground controlled by Taliban insurgents, hold that ground and build on it. Building in this case means fortifying their exposed position on the very front lines of this conflict. However, Marine infantrymen are not known for their carpentry and construction skills. That responsibility falls on the engineers.

    Marines from 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Combat Logistics Battalion 8 and 8th Engineer Support Battalion rolled out in a 20-vehicle convoy full of heavy equipment and building materials, Aug. 16, to construct a semi-permanent position for Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, which often receives enemy fire.

    "This will provide Golf Company an overwatch for their re-supply routes," said 2nd Lt. Mark H. Tetzel, platoon commander with Co. D, 1st CEB. It has been difficult to get supplies to Co. G's position since they arrived here in early July. Overwatch will give the Marines a better vantage point to scan the area for approaching enemy fighters or IED implanters.

    Construction started immediately upon arrival late in the evening and continued round the clock. The engineers' built two observation posts, Patrol Base Khanjar and Combat Outpost Koshtay, as well as a medium girder bridge. These builds include creating a berm, filling metal, mesh barriers called Hesco with dirt, and constructing security posts high on the walls. While they were in the area, they also repaired a damaged culvert along the re-supply route to allow provisions to safely arrive at Co. G's position.

    "It's an upgrade," said Gunnery Sgt. Stuart A. Shine, commander, 2nd Platoon, Co. G, 2/8, about watching the engineers in action. "It's amazing how you can live one place one day, engineers hit the deck, and now you have a new place to live and call home."

    Company G had been living in abandoned buildings and in open areas since their helicopter insertion on the first day of Operation Khanjar July 2. The company is the last Marine company-size unit in the province that didn't have a fortified, forward position in protection of the local population.

    "People around here will see the Marines aren't leaving," said Shine, a Reseda, Calif., native. One of the reservations local Afghans have about cooperating with the Marines is they feel the Taliban will punish them after the Marines leave. And the misconception is they'll be leaving soon. "We're committed to the [local populace]. We want to get close to them, stick by them and protect them."

    With a sense of urgency to complete the build, the Marines worked quickly but still had to overcome many challenges. One of those was mobility, according to Tetzel, a University of Akron graduate.

    "The ingenuity of my Marines is incredible," said the former Youngstown, Ohio, firefighter. "No matter what my Marines face, they will figure it out. They think outside the box."

    This was proven after a 73,000-pound combat excavator sank about eight feet in sponge-like mud at Patrol Base Khanjar. The piece of heavy machinery was being used to build a berm around the exterior of the patrol base when it started sinking. It took the Marines several hours, a small bulldozer and handheld shovels to dig it out enough for a wrecker and two other vehicles to pull it free.

    "When I get to do my job, it's refreshing," said wrecker driver Cpl. Paul B. Dekker, 23, 1st CEB and Redding, Calif., native "Mobility relies on me and my [assistant] driver. Without my truck, there is no way heavy equipment can get down here."

    In addition to rescuing the stuck excavator, "Dekker the Wrecker," as he is called by the engineer Marines, also freed 12 stuck vehicles from the soft, deep sand of the open desert along the 14-hour drive from Camp Dwyer more than 25 miles away.

    Besides mobility issues, a more dangerous challenge was completing the mission while the Taliban attempted to disrupt progress with attacks.

    On the second morning of the project, insurgents fired an rocket propelled grenade and small arms at the engineers at COP Koshtay. Company G, who was providing security, was able to suppress the attack and no one was injured. The combat construction crew continued their mission to build a safer environment for the company.

    "My Marines absolutely refuse to not accomplish the mission," stressed Tetzel.

    Once the construction is complete, Co. G Marines will have increased flexibility, enabling them to reach out to their neighbours in the local community. Rather than constant vigilance, the Marines will now have some breathing room, giving them an opportunity to relax, focus more time and energy planning and preparing future missions[/FONT][FONT=&quot].












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    Say what!? You speaking in a coded message?



    Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it was some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts so short as to be ungentlemanly, worshipping their Commandant as if he was a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They'll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action and are the cockiest SOBs I've ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well beyond man's normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and, generally speaking, of the United States Marines with whom I've come in contact, are the most professional warriors and the finest men I've had the pleasure to meet.

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    ^
    speaking of quotes...

    [FONT=Arial][*******#008000] [/COLOR][/FONT]
    "[FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there." [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#007f7f] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS](Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak, USMC, April 1965.)
    [/FONT][FONT=Verdana][SIZE=1][*******#ff0000]
    [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#007f7f]"[/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em." [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS](Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC, 1962.)
    [/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#007f7f]
    "[/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]Retreat Hell! We're just attacking in another direction." [/COLOR][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS](Attributed to Major General Oliver P. Smith, USMC, Korea, December 1950.)
    [/FONT][FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]
    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!" [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS](Captain Henry P. "Jim" Crowe, USMC, Guadalcanal, 13 January 1943.)
    [/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS]
    [/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#007f7f]"[/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]Come on, you sons of *****es-do you want to live forever?" [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS](Attributed to Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly, USMC, Belleau Wood, June 1918.)
    [/FONT][FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]
    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#007f7f]"[/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]Once a Marine, always a Marine!"[/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000] [/COLOR](MSgt Paul Woyshner, a 40-year Marine, is credited with originating this expression during a taproom argument with a discharged Marine.)
    [/FONT][FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]
    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#007f7f]"[/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]I can't say enough about the two Marine divisions. If I use words like brilliant, it would really be an under-description of the absolutely superb job they did in breaching the so-called impenetrable barrier. . .Absolutely superb operation, a textbook, and I think it'll be studied for many, many years to come as the way to do it." [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS](General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, USA, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 27 February 1991.)
    [/FONT][FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]
    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#007f7f]"[/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world." [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS](General Douglas MacArthur, USA, outskirts of Seoul, 21 September 1950.) [/FONT]
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    [/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#007f7f]"[/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning." [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Arial Unicode MS](Colonel David M. Shoup, USMC, Tarawa, 21 November 1943.)[/FONT]

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    [CENTER]"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"
    [*******#008000]GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY [/COLOR]
    [*******#008000][/COLOR]
    "Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking!"
    F[*******#008000]ERDINAND FOCH [/COLOR]
    [*******#008000][/COLOR]
    "We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem!"
    [*******#008000]CHESTY PULLER, USMC[/COLOR]

    "The more MARINES I have around the better I like it!"
    [*******#008000]GEN. MARK CLARK, U.S. ARMY[/COLOR]

    "I want you boys to hurry up and whip these Germans so we can get out to the Pacific to kick the s**t out of the purple-pissing Japanese, before the Godda**ed MARINES get all the credit!" [*******#008000]Lt General George Patton, US Army 1945 [/COLOR]
    [*******#008000][/COLOR]
    "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." [*******#008000]GEORGE ORWELL [/COLOR]
    [*******#008000][/COLOR]
    "Sometimes it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge-hammer!"
    [*******#008000]MAJ. HOLDREDGE [/COLOR]
    [*******#008000][/COLOR]
    "A ship without MARINES is like a garment without buttons."
    [*******#008000]ADM. DAVID PORTER, USN [/COLOR]
    [*******#008000][/COLOR]
    "The MARINES have landed and have the situation well in hand!"
    [*******#008000]RICHARD HARDING DAVIS [/COLOR]
    [*******#008000][/COLOR]
    "Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency: we are winning!"
    [*******#008000]COL. DAVID M. SHOUP, USMC [/COLOR]
    [*******#008000][/COLOR]
    "I can never again see a UNITED STATES MARINE without experiencing a feeling of reverence."
    [*******#008000]GEN. JOHNSON, U.S. ARMY [/COLOR]
    [*******#008000][/COLOR]
    "The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a MARINE CORPS for the next 500 years."
    [*******#008000]JAMES FORRESTAL, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY [/COLOR]
    [*******#008000][/COLOR]
    "Come on, you sons of b*****! Do you want to live forever?"
    [*******#008000]GySgt. DANIEL DALY, USMC [/COLOR][/CENTER]

    [CENTER][FONT=Arial Unicode MS]"We're not retreating, Hell! We're just attacking in a different direction!"[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]GEN. OLIVER SMITH, USMC [/COLOR][/FONT][/CENTER]

    [CENTER][FONT=Arial Unicode MS]"I have just returned from visiting the MARINES at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!"[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]GEN. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, U.S. ARMY [/COLOR][/FONT][/CENTER]

    [CENTER][FONT=Arial Unicode MS]"Teufelhunde! (Devil Dogs)"[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]GERMAN SOLDIERS, WW1 at BELLEAU WOOD [/COLOR][/FONT][/CENTER]

    [CENTER][FONT=Arial Unicode MS]"So they've got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those b*****ds won't get away this time!"[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]CHESTY PULLER, USMC [/COLOR][/FONT][/CENTER]

    [CENTER][FONT=Arial Unicode MS]"We have two companies of MARINES running all over this island and thousands of ARMY troops doing nothing!"[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]GEN. JOHN VESSEY, CHAIRMAN OF JOINT CHIEFS[/COLOR] [/FONT][/CENTER]

    [CENTER][FONT=Arial Unicode MS]"Retreat hell! We just got here!"[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]CAPT. LLOYD WILLIAMS, USMC [/COLOR][/FONT][/CENTER]

    [CENTER][FONT=Arial Unicode MS]"The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of MARINES. LORD, how they could fight!"[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]MAJ. GEN. FRANK LOWE, U.S. ARMY [/COLOR][/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS]"Panic sweeps my men when they are facing the AMERICAN MARINES."[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]CAPTURED NORTH KOREAN MAJOR [/COLOR][/FONT][/CENTER]

    [CENTER][FONT=Arial Unicode MS]"Our Country won't go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won't be any AMERICA because some foreign soldier will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race!"[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]LT. GEN. LEWIS "CHESTY" PULLER, USMC[/COLOR] [/FONT][/CENTER]

    [CENTER][FONT=Arial Unicode MS]"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem."[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS][*******#008000]PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, 1985[/COLOR] [/FONT][/CENTER]


    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS]"There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and those who have met them in battle. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion." [*******#008000]Unknown[/COLOR][/FONT]
    ............

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    ...and the best for last

    [FONT=Arial Unicode MS] [/FONT]
    [CENTER][*******#666633]WE STOLE THE EAGLE FROM THE AIR FORCE, THE ANCHOR FROM THE NAVY AND THE ROPE FROM THE ARMY.[/COLOR][*******#666633] [/COLOR][/CENTER]
    [CENTER][*******#666633]ON THE SEVENTH DAY WHILE GOD RESTED, WE OVERRAN HIS PERIMETER, STOLE THE GLOBE AND WE'VE BEEN RUNNING THE WHOLE SHOW EVER SINCE.[/COLOR][*******#666633] [/COLOR][/CENTER]
    [CENTER]
    [*******#cc9900]WE LIVE LIKE SOLDIERS, TALK LIKE SAILORS, AND SLAP THE HELL OUT OF BOTH OF THEM.[/COLOR]
    [*******#cc9900] [/COLOR]
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    [CENTER][*******#cc0000]WARRIORS BY DAY, LOVERS BY NIGHT, PROFESSIONALS BY CHOICE, AND MARINES BY THE GRACE OF GOD.[/COLOR][*******#cc0000] [/COLOR]
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    http://www.3rdmarines.net/Marine_Quotes.htm

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    Can somebody post about General Mattis concerning his quote. I saw it last week but can't find now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loui_ludwig View Post
    Can somebody post about General Mattis concerning his quote. I saw it last week but can't find now.
    I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you **** with me, I'll kill you all.

    Marine Corps General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
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    Quote Originally Posted by khalifah View Post
    I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you **** with me, I'll kill you all.



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    Quote Originally Posted by khalifah View Post
    I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you **** with me, I'll kill you all.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Movieman View Post
    AC wings and Combat AC wings are not to be worn together. Combat AC wings are an "upgrade" to regular AC wings. Aviator and AC wings represent totally different wings.

    So that MSgt is messed up.
    Thats what I thought--As a former M/sgt myself, I know his type-"I am a Top , I know it all" shoot, as I got older I realised how much I didn't know..I was always open to ideas from the troops..

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    The UH-1Y Venom (love that name):












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    Quote Originally Posted by HollywoodMarine View Post
    Say what!? You speaking in a coded message?
    What will replace the Huey?

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    nice pics!thank´s

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