Thursday, July 2, 2009

More Articles Surfacing...

Here are a few more articles/links that the spouses have dug up tonight:
I don't know about you guys, but those helicopters look pretty "Ugly" to me!!!

U.S. Military Launches Major Afghan Offensive
NAWA, Afghanistan — Thousands of U.S. Marines and hundreds of Afghan troops poured into Taliban-infested villages of southern Afghanistan with armor and helicopters Thursday in the first major operation under President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilize the country.

Officials described the operation, dubbed Khanjar, or "Strike of the Sword," as the largest and fastest-moving of the war's new phase and the biggest Marine offensive since the one in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. It involves nearly 4,000 newly arrived Marines and 650 Afghan forces. British forces last week led similar, but smaller, missions to clear out insurgents in Helmand and neighboring Kandahar provinces.

Transport helicopters carried hundreds of Marines into the village of Nawa, some 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, in a region where no U.S. or other NATO troops have operated in large numbers.

Pelletier said troops in Thursday's operation were sent in by a mixture of aircraft and ground transport under the cover of darkness.

U.S. Marines Try to Retake Afghan Valley From Taliban


Preparing to Deploy
U.S. Marines launched a pre-dawn mission in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand Province.

*There isn't anything specific to the squadron in this article, but there are some really neat pictures.


Krista said...

Those top pictures are definitely deltas which means it has to be the Uglies but I think that bottom picture is an echo because you can see the aerial refueling probe.

Anonymous said...

The pic with the one chopper and the one Marine on the ground with his gun is definitely a Delta! The others are Echo's as you can see the refueling probe, the third engine and the tilted tail area. No doubt our guys are part of this.

Julie S.