|AL ASAD, Iraq, Oct. 5, 2006 — During operations in a combat zone, squadrons have to rely on motivated and dedicated Marines to ensure that the aircraft or vehicles are ready to perform at their peak performance levels.
For the Marines of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 this is done with the help of the Miles brothers. With their technical expertise and ability to get the job done, the squadron is able to keep up their high operational tempo.
"We are both in avionics," said Lance Cpl. Dustin V. Miles, aircraft communications/navigation/electrical/weapons systems technician, HMLA-167, Marine Aircraft Group 16 (Reinforced), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward). "Right now, my brother Devin is working with the fire support section, fixing and cleaning weapons."
Although the two are not in the same shops while in theater, they are always looking for each other and wondering what the other is doing throughout the day.
"If we have any spare time, we try to find each other to hang out a bit," said Lance Cpl. Devin T. Miles, avionics aircraft communications/navigation/electrical/weapons systems technician, HMLA-167. "We have been best friends through our whole lives, and we are always trying to help each other out."
While at work, the brothers continue to keep up their positive attitudes and work together to get jobs done so the squadron can keep supporting the troops on the ground.
"We work on everything on the bird from the electronics to the weapons systems," added Dustin. "If either of us has time and see the other working, we often lend a hand if there is anything to be done."
The natives of Marion, Ill., agree that they work well together, because they know what the other is capable of accomplishing. If there is ever a better way to do something, they explore their options rather than argue about whose way is better.