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No pilot, no problem: Marines qualify with Raven

By Courtesy Story, II Marine Expeditionary Force

A Marine launches a Raven small unmanned aircraft system into the air at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. The Marines are intelligence specialists with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
No pilot, no problem: Marines qualify with Raven
A Marine launches a Raven small unmanned aircraft system into the air at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. The Marines are intelligence specialists with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
Sgt. Dillon Emery launches a Raven small unmanned aircraft system at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Emery is an intelligence specialist with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
No pilot, no problem: Marines qualify with Raven
Sgt. Dillon Emery launches a Raven small unmanned aircraft system at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Emery is an intelligence specialist with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
Marines conduct final preparations to a Raven small unmanned aircraft system before its launch at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. The Marines are with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
No pilot, no problem: Marines qualify with Raven
Marines conduct final preparations to a Raven small unmanned aircraft system before its launch at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. The Marines are with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
Sgt. Kyle Phillips conducts final checks on a Raven small unmanned aircraft system at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. on Mar. 27, 2017 to make sure the system will respond properly to controls. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Phillips is an intelligence specialist with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
No pilot, no problem: Marines qualify with Raven
Sgt. Kyle Phillips conducts final checks on a Raven small unmanned aircraft system at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. on Mar. 27, 2017 to make sure the system will respond properly to controls. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Phillips is an intelligence specialist with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
Sgt. Dillon Emery, left, and Sgt. Kyle Phillips, right, prepare a Raven small unmanned aircraft system for flight at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Emery and Phillips are intelligence specialists with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
No pilot, no problem: Marines qualify with Raven
Sgt. Dillon Emery, left, and Sgt. Kyle Phillips, right, prepare a Raven small unmanned aircraft system for flight at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Emery and Phillips are intelligence specialists with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
Sgt. Dillon Emery, left, and Sgt. Kyle Phillips, right, construct a Raven small unmanned aircraft system at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Emery and Phillips are intelligence specialists with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
No pilot, no problem: Marines qualify with Raven
Sgt. Dillon Emery, left, and Sgt. Kyle Phillips, right, construct a Raven small unmanned aircraft system at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Emery and Phillips are intelligence specialists with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
Sgt. Dillon Emery checks a Raven small unmanned aircraft system’s components to ensure it is ready to fly at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Emery is an intelligence specialist with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
No pilot, no problem: Marines qualify with Raven
Sgt. Dillon Emery checks a Raven small unmanned aircraft system’s components to ensure it is ready to fly at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Emery is an intelligence specialist with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
Sgt. Dillon Emery sets himself to launch a Raven small unmanned aircraft system at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Emery is an intelligence specialist with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
No pilot, no problem: Marines qualify with Raven
Sgt. Dillon Emery sets himself to launch a Raven small unmanned aircraft system at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Emery is an intelligence specialist with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
Sgt. Kyle Phillips configures computer equipment to ensure communications and controls connected to a Raven small unmanned aircraft system are working properly at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Phillips is an intelligence specialist with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
No pilot, no problem: Marines qualify with Raven
Sgt. Kyle Phillips configures computer equipment to ensure communications and controls connected to a Raven small unmanned aircraft system are working properly at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2017. Marines conducted aerial training exercises at Tactical Landing Zone Dove to demonstrate the capabilities and build familiarization with the SUAS. Phillips is an intelligence specialist with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- style="color: #666666; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;">Marines with 2nd Marine Division spent the day “catching and releasing” two Raven small unmanned aircraft systems as part of a Division Fly Day at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 27, 2017. 

The Marines were showing the capabilities and building familiarization with the Raven, a small unmanned aircraft system. The training included flying the craft while also teaching troubleshooting techniques for various malfunctions in the SUAS.

Marines certified to fly the Raven SUAS are required to qualify 12 times per year, ensuring their proficiency with the craft.

“We can use it for a number of things,” said 1st Lt. Christon Hill, the SUAS program manager for 2nd Marine Division. “Primarily it’s used for force protection, route reconnaissance, or just scouting in general.”

The Raven SUAS is a man-packable system, making the device a valuable expeditionary asset. Anyone certified to use the Raven SUAS can launch it from any location to collect information about their route, enemy locations and equipment, and possibly improvised explosive devices, said Hill.

“I think that having this capability is important, especially at the organic level in infantry battalions because collection assets are limited there,” said Sgt. Kyle Phillips, an intelligence specialist with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.

Resources like the Raven are an asset to our nation’s armed forces and help to ensure that 2nd Marine Division is always one step ahead in mission readiness.


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