Images: Hercules keeps Harriers flying high during WTI [Image 2 of 7]
Photo by Capt. Staci Reidinger
Cruising above the clouds over Yuma, Ariz. Oct. 11, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course AV-8B Harrier pilot Maj. Brett McGregor, native of Bellaire, Mich., pulls up to an aerial gas station during refueling operations. The KC-130J Hercules, piloted by U.S. Marine Capt. Joshua Mallow and Capt. Kevin Herrmann, provides vital aerial refueling for fixed and rotary wing aircraft during WTI. WTI, held at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, is a biannual advanced aviation and Marine Air Ground Task Force training course for U.S. and international military forces to enhance their air-ground warfighting capabilities while testing the latest tactics, techniques and technology. Due to optimal flying conditions and access to open space ranges, MCAS Yuma continues to be the busiest air station in the Corps.