Marine Corps

July 19, 2012

TRAP mission prepares reservists for combat

Tags:
Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, load onto a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter to retrieve two Marines during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel exercise in the Combat Center training areas July 9, 2012. The 23 Marines loaded into three CH-46 Sea Knights to rescue their fellow Marines from the site of a simulated downed aircraft. Marines with 2/25 are currently training at the Combat Center as part of Large Scale Exercise 1/Javelin Thrust 2012.

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – The roar of the propellers above the helicopter was deafening. A screech rang throughout the hull, where eight Marines and the flight crew sat. Their only form of communication was hand signals, but those sitting side-by-side had the luxury of screaming into each other’s ears, hoping the message was comprehended down the row of seats.

The air was cooler at the high elevation, but the Marines knew what temperatures awaited them below. The aircraft circled multiple times, with the Marines peering down to get eyes on the objective.

The aircraft landed; it was game on.

Marines with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, conducted a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel exercise over the Combat Center training areas Monday.

The unit, originally from Dover, N.J., arrived at the Combat Center July 1 in support of Large Scale Exercise-1/Javelin Thrust 2012.

Twenty-three Marines loaded up onto three CH-46E Sea Knight Helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774, and took off from the Camp Wilson landing zone.

Their mission was to retrieve two Marines awaiting rescue from a simulated downed aircraft. One was a simulated casualty and in need of medical attention, the other was somewhat injured but able to walk and talk.

Unlike a search-and-rescue, a TRAP mission is conducted because an aviator is taken down by hostile enemy fire and needs to be rescued from what could be imminent danger.

“You know what you’re going in for,” said Lance Cpl. Raymond Kummer, team leader, Co. G., 2/25. “We know we had people to recover.”

As the bird’s wheels set down on the dirt, the Marines unbuckled their seatbelts and sprinted out of the back of the helicopter. Words were still useless, but each Marine knew what they had to do.

They formed a secure perimeter as the Phrog lifted off. Keeping eyes out for any hostiles in the area, the Marines moved toward their objective — the two downed airmen.

They effectively communicated with each other and provided security as the corpsman and a group of Marines provided medical attention to the simulated casualty and rolled him onto a stretcher.

With the packages ready for transport, the CH-46Es were signaled to land.

The Marines braced themselves for the sandstorm, created by the helicopters, rotorwash as they descended for pick up.

“Overall, I think we did well. The rehearsals helped a lot,” said Sgt. Joseph Patishnock, squad leader, Co. G., 2/25. “This mission was definitely successful.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
sterling-yuma

Sterling Global Operations completes U.S. Navy project to clear munitions, firing range and target debris from Arizona Marine Corps Air Station range

Sterling Global Operations, Inc., in a two-year project for the U.S. Navy, removed or recycled some 5.9 million pounds of munitions, firing range and target debris from Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Ariz. Sterling Global re...
 
 

US Army, Raytheon achieve first inflight lethal intercept of low quadrant elevation rocket

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz. – Raytheon successfully intercepted and destroyed a low quadrant elevation 107mm rocket as part of the second series of guided test vehicle flight tests of the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program. The intercept is a major test milestone before the U.S. Army live-fire engagements begin in September. “Beginning only 18 months...
 
 

Raytheon, U.S. Army complete first AI3 guided flight test series

Raytheon and the U.S. Army successfully completed the first guided test vehicle flight series of the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program at Yuma Proving Ground, Aris. The series consisted of two flight tests against different target profiles. In each case after launch, the interceptor initially guided on in-flight radio frequency datalink updates from the fire...
 

 

New Navy vessel named after Yuma

The U.S. Navy has decided to name one of their newest Joint High-Speed Vessels after the city of Yuma, Ariz., forming an even deeper bond between the local community and our military. Political officials from the state of Arizona and the city of Yuma were informed of the decision by the Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary...
 
 
DoD

Joint Strike Fighter on track, costs coming down, Kendall says

Indications are that the F-35 joint strike fighter program — the most expensive aviation program in Defense Department history — is on track, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told a Senate panel June 19. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee this morning, Frank Kendall said the F-35 will be...
 
 
DoD
WEBarmy-jltv2

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ‘closes capability gap,’ Army says

While the Humvee has served the Army well for some 25 years, there’s a “capability gap” in what it can do for warfighters on a 21st-century battlefield, said the Soldier responsible for overseeing its replacem...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin