News: Facets of support: VMGR-352 ready to go
Story by Lance Cpl. Christopher Johns
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Providing multiple facets of support to the flying squadrons of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is part of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 “Raiders” mission.
“We cover assault support, aerial refueling and day and night all weather assault support to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing,” said Capt. Bradley Stadelmeier, the assistant aircrew training officer with VMGR-352. “We also provide logistic support, troop and cargo movement as well as battlefield illumination when deployed.”
When the Raiders perform air to air refueling, it allows the aircraft they support to complete more missions without having to go back to a station or base for more fuel.
A KC-130J can carry up to 58,000 pounds of fuel and can provide fuel to other aircraft before it needs to land, explained Stadelmeier.
Aerial refueling provides an extra sense of security to Marines on the ground. It allows assault aircraft to stay above a combat zone for extended periods of time, explained Stadelmeier.
Keeping assault aircraft flying longer is just one portion of the Hercules’ job. This aircraft also provides long distance troop movement, cargo transportation and can complete a large scale resupply to Marines in remote locations.
Through supporting their fellow 3rd MAW squadrons and aiding troops on the ground, VMGR-352 is prepared for any role.