Dust, dirt, Airmen and Marines ran through multiple strenuous real-world scenarios during Exercise Mojave Viper to prepare for their deployment together at Twenty Mine Palms, Calif., March 16.
"Its really great to get this opportunity to train with the Marines, to have the opportunity to see how they work, and for them to see how we will work in a joint environment before we deploy," said 1st Lt. Ben Leonard, HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopter pilot with the 210th Rescue Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard.
This May, the 210th, 211th and 212th rescue squadrons and the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., will be deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
This training is necessary to not only provide a muscle memory for the Guardian Angel teams but also to strengthen the bond between sister services. Also available in high definition
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