News: Heavy Haulers trains with MSOB, the UAE
Story by Pfc. Raquel Barraza
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 “Heavy Haulers” conducted joint fragmentary order training with Marines from Special Operations Battalion and members of the United Arab Emirates Presidential Guard with Special Operations Command from Dubai in Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 11.
For this FRAG order, HMH-462 used their aircraft to practice getting on and off the aircraft safely and efficiently with the MSOB Marines and UAE Presidential Guard, said Capt. Alexander Beachey, a pilot and quality assurance officer with HMH-462 and a West Chester, Pa., native.
Marines landed in a Confined Area Landing site in Camp Pendleton to practice on and off drills.
“The UAE is unfamiliar with CH-53E Super Stallions, the training is to show them the basics of getting on and off an aircraft while the aircraft is landed,” said Beachey.
When the Marines with HMH-462 landed, they went over the drill, which includes how to clear the tilt rotor.
“One of the most important keys to this training is ensuring you exit the aircraft with the tilt rotor on their right, because of uneven ground someone could get hurt,” explained Sgt. Anthony A. Gonzalez, an aerial observer with HMH-462 and San Fernando, Calif., native.
After practicing the on and off drills, the “Heavy Haulers” took the MSOB Marines and the UAE to another CAL site.
“It is good to practice these drills because in a real world scenario the last thing you want is someone learning to get on and off an aircraft for the first time,” said Lance Cpl. Jason Renstrom, crew chief with HMH-462 and Forest Lake, Minn., native. “We also taught them how to get off quickly and where to go to set up a perimeter.”
Completion of the joint training left the UAE and Marines with a baseline understand of how to safely and efficiently evacuate an aircraft.
“In the end, the goal is to get them on the ground fast and immediately fighting the fight,” said Beachey.