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Marine Corps Air Station New River

"Pardon Our Noise, It's The Sound Of Freedom"
New River squadrons teach sailors

By Cpl. S. N. Dyess | Marine Corps Air Station New River | March 14, 2014

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U.S. Sailors with 2nd Dental Battalion, Naval Dental Center, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N. C., visit Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. to learn about the aircraft at Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 as part of their Fleet Marine Force Training, Feb. 27. During the training, the sailors experienced a flight on a CH-53E Super Stallion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. S. N. Dyess/Released)

U.S. Sailors with 2nd Dental Battalion, Naval Dental Center, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N. C., visit Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. to learn about the aircraft at Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 as part of their Fleet Marine Force Training, Feb. 27. During the training, the sailors experienced a flight on a CH-53E Super Stallion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. S. N. Dyess/Released) (Photo by Cpl. S. N. Dyess)


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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.”



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