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    101st Airborne utilize MCAS Cherry Point’s facilities

    101st Airborne utilize MCAS Cherry Point’s facilities

    Photo By Lance Cpl. Jacob Bertram | U.S. Army pilots prepare to disembark their AH-64E Apache helicopter during Operation...... read more read more

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, UNITED STATES

    11.17.2021

    Story by Lance Cpl. Jacob Bertram 

    Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

    Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina, has many assets both on and off the installation. One of these satellite training sites is Bombing Target 11 (BT-11) located at Piney Island, which has been in use since WWII. BT-11 is a bombing target range, available for use to units throughout the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and other federal and state agencies.

    U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, made the trip from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to use the BT-11 range, as well as Marine Corps Outlying Field (MCOLF) Atlantic for Operation Razor Talon. The operation simulated an air-campaign against an enemy coastal defense force.

    Using AH-64E Apache helicopters, equipped with 30mm chain guns and 70mm rockets, pilots aimed for the targets, directed by U.S. Army Soldiers on the ground. Targets included, a stationary simulated convoy, a moving boat target and a stationary silhouette.

    The range provides moving boat targets, pulled by High-Speed Maneuverable Surface Target (HMST) boats, stationary water and land targets.

    The HMST is a remote controlled boat painted red to differentiate it between the white target boats it pulls through the water. All maintenance for the HMST boats is performed by the Sailors and contractors on Piney Island, the long-standing home of the BT-11 range.

    MCAS Cherry Point and its satellite facilities, such as MCOLF Atlantic and Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, are utilized by military branches across the Department of Defense, allied and partnered nations, and local civil organizations.

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    Date Taken: 11.17.2021
    Date Posted: 11.24.2021 14:59
    Story ID: 409985
    Location: MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, US 

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