U.S. Marines, Afghan Forces Conduct Air Interdiction Exercise in Helmand Province

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Marines and Afghan forces board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter on Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2013, as they prepare to conduct an air interdiction exercise. The Marines are assigned to Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, and the helicopter crew is assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
  • U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Justin G. Smith flies a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2013. Smith, a weapons and tactics instructor, is assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
  • U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Peter A. Montalvo provides aerial security with a .50-caliber machine gun inside a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2013. Montalvo, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
  • U.S. Marines and Afghan forces depart a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Marines and Afghan forces board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Justin L. Bretthorst provides aerial security using a .50-caliber machine gun over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2013. Bretthorst, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
  • U.S. Marines and Afghan forces exit a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter after completing an air interdiction exercise on Camp Bastion in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia