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Marines fly with Detroit dignitaries

By Cpl. Julien Rodarte, Defense Media Activity

Marine Week Detroit is a chance to reconnect with our Marines, sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
Marines fly with Detroit dignitaries
Local dignitaries from Detroit, enjoy their military experience during the MV-22 Osprey flights over Detroit as part of Marine Week, Sept. 6, 2017. More than 700 Marines are participating in Marine Week Detroit to give the citizens of the greater Detroit area the opportunity to meet their Marines and celebrate community, country and Corps.
Local dignitaries from Detroit, enjoy their military experience during the MV-22 Osprey flights over Detroit as part of Marine Week, Sept. 6, 2017.
Marines fly with Detroit dignitaries
Local dignitaries strap in for a public flyover of Detroit in an MV-22 Osprey as part of Marine Week, Sept. 6, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is an opportunity for the people of the greater Detroit area to meet Marines and learn about Corps’ history, traditions and value to the nation.
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to reconnect with our Marines, sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
Marines fly with Detroit dignitaries
Local dignitaries strap in for a public flyover of Detroit in an MV-22 Osprey as part of Marine Week, Sept. 6, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is an opportunity for the people of the greater Detroit area to meet Marines and learn about Corps’ history, traditions and value to the nation.
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to reconnect with our Marines, sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
Marines fly with Detroit dignitaries
A Marine with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 enjoys the view of Detroit on an MV-22 Osprey flight during Marine Week Detroit, Sept. 6, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is a chance to reconnect with our Marines, sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to reconnect with our Marines, sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
Marines fly with Detroit dignitaries
Marines prepare an MV-22 Osprey before a public flyover of Detroit as part of Marine Week, Sept. 6, 2017. Marine Week provides an opportunity for the Marine Corps to visit a city that normally doesn’t have opportunities to interact with Marines on a regular basis.
Marine Week Detroit is a chance to reconnect with our Marines, sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.
Marines fly with Detroit dignitaries
Local dignitaries from Detroit, pose for a photo after the MV-22 Osprey flights over Detroit as part of Marine Week, Sept. 6, 2017. Marine Week Detroit is an opportunity to connect with the people of the greater Detroit area, and thank them for their support.
DETROIT, Mich. -- class="p1">Marine Week Detroit will take place from Sept. 6 -10. This will be the ninth iteration since the Marine Week program started in 2009. Marine Week provides an opportunity for the citizens of Detroit and the surrounding area to meet their Marines and see firsthand, the latest capabilities of today’s Marine Corps. 

“By doing these flights with the local community and civic leaders, it gives them a chance to interact with our Marines and take a look at our gear, specifically the MV-22 Osprey which we showed them today, said Maj. Kolin Doezema, Operations officer for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166. “We get to fly them throughout the local area and they get to see their hometown from a different view, and they also get to experience what its like to ride in the back of this aircraft.”

During the flight the osprey conducted aerial maneuvers and gave passengers an aerial view of Detroit.

“This was an experience of a lifetime, and I truly appreciate the experience that I was able to take part in today”, said Brenda Jones, the Detroit City Council President.

Throughout the course of the week the Marines will be conducting similar events to help Detroiters better understand the mission of the Marine Corps and to promote a greater relationship between Marines and the people of Detroit.


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