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    Atlantic and Pacific Marines come together to train and support Girl Scouts



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    Marine Forces Reserve

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii – Reserve Marines with Landing Support Company and Landing Support Company, Detachment 1, from Savannah, Georgia and San Juan, Puerto Rico are working with their active duty counterparts and sister services as a part of an ongoing Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) project to refurbish and improve the Camp Paumalu Girl Scout Camp.
    With Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 flying the CH-53 Sea Stallion, the Marines, who are tasked with expeditiously loading and receiving necessary logistics items in overseas operations, loaded lumber and cement on the aircraft. This allowed Marines to fulfill their annual training requirements, while providing needed equipment to Camp Paumalu.
    “We ended up transporting eight different loads of lumber and cement weighing between 1,500 and 4,000 pounds each via internal load,” said Sgt. Christopher Sellers, Landing Support Team Leader from Combat Logistics Regiment 45, Det 4. “Usually, we load different birds. Not usually CH-53’s or Osprey, generally it’s C-130s or C-17s, but this gave the Marines from Puerto Rico the chance to coordinate passengers and movement of gear in ways they hadn’t before.”
    The Marines also transported engineers from civil engineering squadrons of the Air National Guard to the construction site to aid in the IRT project.
    As with any delivery service, the task isn’t complete until the customer receives their delivery.
    “The Marines on the receiving end were able to help coordinate the safe debarkation of the materials, dumping it gently out the back of the helicopter,” said Sellers. “That lumber is now going to be used to build cabins and renovate the area up at Camp Paumalu.”
    The Marines were also able to undertake sling loading of the MV-22 Osprey, allowing the aircraft to lift and maneuver a load via a tether from its belly. Landing support personnel run under the Ospreys, which produce strong winds beneath their rotors, to stabilize the load, hook the tether, and connect it with the load’s harness.
    “The helicopter support team sling load operations were to give the Marines experience under the MV-22s. Most of the LS Marines here are from CLR 45, Det 1 in Puerto Rico and most of their training opportunities are with the National Guard,” Sellers said. “There they are only able to train with Army Blackhawk helicopters which don’t produce the same downwash. The Marines’ experience under the MV-22 was not only essential to their training as whole for their military occupational specialty, but also to get new experiences under the large Marine crafts. Many of them have never been under an Osprey because of their location.”
    The sling load operations provided training value for the pilots and crew chiefs of the aircraft as well.
    “It was mutual training opportunity for the Marines and the pilots. We did 20 flights lifting a 5,000 pound concrete block, doing push-ups (a simple lift off the ground and replacement) and maneuvers around the base. This gave the pilots the opportunity to understand what it’s like to maneuver in the sky with a weighted load and it was pretty windy, so how to maneuver the load into the wind as well.”
    As operations continue to be conducted in joint environments, the Camp Paumalu project provides Marines and other service members from various occupational specialties the opportunity to work together to accomplish a common mission.
    “From a personal perspective, I didn’t know training could be this diverse,” said Sellers. “It’s fulfilling to work alongside your fellow service members from other service branches when you don’t usually get that opportunity…events like this give us insight into how other services conduct business and to understand the different languages we use to ultimately get a bigger mission done.”
    Reserve Marines will continue to take part in the Camp Paumalu IRT project throughout the summer as they continue to help the local community and enhance readiness for future deployments.



    Date Taken: 05.24.2021
    Date Posted: 05.24.2021 21:58
    Story ID: 397286

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