MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. --
Sailors with 2nd Dental Battalion, Naval Dental Center and 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, visited Marine Corps Air Station New River, Feb. 28.
The visit was part of their year-long training to receive the Fleet Marine Force pin, said Cmdr. Ken Bell, the program coordinator.
“It’s essentially for familiarization with the aircraft Marines use,” he added.
Approximately 20 sailors attended a pre-flight brief at Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 given by Capt. Nicholas Hamilton, HMH-464 operations officer, who explained the purpose of his squadron.
We are usually part of the (Aviation Combat Element) attached to a (Marine Expeditionary Unit), said Hamilton.
The CH-53E Super Stallion’s primary functions are heavy lifting and troop movement, he said, adding that the current model could lift an entire apartment complex.
After the brief, the sailors experienced the aircraft first hand in a half-hour long flight around the area, ending at the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 flight line, where they turned their sights on the UH-1Y Huey.
“This is a great chance to see tactical vehicles in use,” said Bell. “(FMF training) forces us out to see everything Marines do.”
Getting the FMF pin requires approximately one year of training which includes familiarization with various parts of Marine Corps units, to include tactical vehicles, training, and completing written and oral boards.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to get all of you out,” said Lt. Col. David C. Borkowski, HMH-464 commanding officer during the opening brief. “There is nothing more important than broadening your knowledge, and we’ll teach you all of what we do in HMH-464.”