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Marine aircraft wing provides assets in Cobra Gold

By Cpl. William Hester, III Marine Expeditionary Force


Sgt. Andrew A. Haley observes a UH-1Y Huey as it prepares to take off for a flight mission during Exercise Cobra Gold 16 in Utapao, Thailand, February 16, 2016. Haley, an avid New England Patriots fan, is one of many maintainers who help prepare aircraft before and after takeoff. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional crises by bringing together a robust combined task force from partner nations sharing common goals. Haley, from Conway, New Hampshire, is an airframe mechanic with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force as part of the unit deployment program.
Marine Aircraft Wing Provides Assets in Cobra Gold
Sgt. Andrew A. Haley observes a UH-1Y Huey as it prepares to take off for a flight mission during Exercise Cobra Gold 16 in Utapao, Thailand, February 16, 2016. Haley, an avid New England Patriots fan, is one of many maintainers who help prepare aircraft before and after takeoff. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional crises by bringing together a robust combined task force from partner nations sharing common goals. Haley, from Conway, New Hampshire, is an airframe mechanic with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force as part of the unit deployment program.
Marines work diligently to refuel a UH-1Y Huey before a flight mission during Cobra Gold 16 in Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2016. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise with aims to increase well-being and relationships between participating nations in the Asia-Pacific. The Marines are with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 currently supporting MAG 36 under the unit deployment program.
Marine Aircraft Wing Provides Assets in Cobra Gold
Marines work diligently to refuel a UH-1Y Huey before a flight mission during Cobra Gold 16 in Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2016. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise with aims to increase well-being and relationships between participating nations in the Asia-Pacific. The Marines are with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 currently supporting MAG 36 under the unit deployment program.
A AH-1 Cobra (Right) and a UH-1Y Huey prepare to touch down at a refuel point before a flight mission during Exercise Cobra Gold 16 in Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2016. The Huey and Cobra usually fly together to increase mission capabilities. The Huey brings capable sensors and the Cobra brings long distance weapon systems resulting in a reliable escort team. The Marines are with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1stl Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force as part of the unit deployment program.
Marine Aircraft Wing Provides Assets in Cobra Gold
A AH-1 Cobra (Right) and a UH-1Y Huey prepare to touch down at a refuel point before a flight mission during Exercise Cobra Gold 16 in Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2016. The Huey and Cobra usually fly together to increase mission capabilities. The Huey brings capable sensors and the Cobra brings long distance weapon systems resulting in a reliable escort team. The Marines are with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1stl Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force as part of the unit deployment program.
Two Marines work together to refuel a UH-1Y Huey before a flight during Exercise Cobra Gold in Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2016. Logistic and aviation units work together to practice the characteristics of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise designed to build partnership and interoperability between participating nations. The Marines are with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36. 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Marine Aircraft Wing Provides Assets in Cobra Gold
Two Marines work together to refuel a UH-1Y Huey before a flight during Exercise Cobra Gold in Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2016. Logistic and aviation units work together to practice the characteristics of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise designed to build partnership and interoperability between participating nations. The Marines are with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36. 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Lance Cpl. Rommi S. Swelam observes his fellow crew chiefs in a UH-1Y Huey during a flight as part of Cobra Gold 16 in Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2016. The Huey gives crew chiefs the advantage of having a “God’s eye” view of the environment below. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise designed to increase interoperability and cooperation of participating nations by working toward solutions to common challenges. Swelam, from Raleigh, N.C., is a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 which is currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1stj Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program.
Marine Aircraft Wing Provides Assets in Cobra Gold
Lance Cpl. Rommi S. Swelam observes his fellow crew chiefs in a UH-1Y Huey during a flight as part of Cobra Gold 16 in Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2016. The Huey gives crew chiefs the advantage of having a “God’s eye” view of the environment below. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise designed to increase interoperability and cooperation of participating nations by working toward solutions to common challenges. Swelam, from Raleigh, N.C., is a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 which is currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1stj Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program.
Lance Cpl. Kevin S. Millican stands security during casualty evacuation drills at Fort Stewart, S.C., Feb. 25, 2016. During the exercise, Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the Marine Air-Ground Task Force is a highly effective combat force. Millican is a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment.
Marine Air-Ground team conducts large scale assault, offensive air support operations during Eager Response 16
Lance Cpl. Kevin S. Millican stands security during casualty evacuation drills at Fort Stewart, S.C., Feb. 25, 2016. During the exercise, Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the Marine Air-Ground Task Force is a highly effective combat force. Millican is a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment.
A CH-53E Super Stallion approaches a KC-130J Super Hercules refueling hose during  aerial refueling at Exercise Eager Response at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 25, 2016. During the exercise, Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the Marine Air-Ground Task Force is a highly effective combat force.
Marine Air-Ground team conducts large scale assault, offensive air support operations during Eager Response 16
A CH-53E Super Stallion approaches a KC-130J Super Hercules refueling hose during aerial refueling at Exercise Eager Response at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 25, 2016. During the exercise, Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the Marine Air-Ground Task Force is a highly effective combat force.
A KC-130J Super Hercules conducts aerial refueling missions during Exercise Eager Response at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 25, 2016. During the exercise, Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the Marine Air-Ground Task Force is a highly effective combat force.
Marine Air-Ground team conducts large scale assault, offensive air support operations during Eager Response 16
A KC-130J Super Hercules conducts aerial refueling missions during Exercise Eager Response at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 25, 2016. During the exercise, Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the Marine Air-Ground Task Force is a highly effective combat force.
Lance Cpl. Samantha Alaw, left, and Cpl. Eun C. Lee mount a .50-caliber machine gun onto a CH-53E Super Stallion during Exercise Eager Response at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 25, 2016. During the exercise, Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing is a highly effective combat force. Alaw is a CH-53E crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366, and Lee is a CH-53E airframe mechanic with HMM-366.
Marine Air-Ground team conducts large scale assault, offensive air support operations during Eager Response 16
Lance Cpl. Samantha Alaw, left, and Cpl. Eun C. Lee mount a .50-caliber machine gun onto a CH-53E Super Stallion during Exercise Eager Response at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 25, 2016. During the exercise, Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing is a highly effective combat force. Alaw is a CH-53E crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366, and Lee is a CH-53E airframe mechanic with HMM-366.
Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 load a CH-53E Super Stallion with meals, ready-to-eat during Exercise Eager Response at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 25, 2016. During the exercise, Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the Marine Air-Ground Task Force is a highly effective combat force.
Marine Air-Ground team conducts large scale assault, offensive air support operations during Eager Response 16
Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 load a CH-53E Super Stallion with meals, ready-to-eat during Exercise Eager Response at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 25, 2016. During the exercise, Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the Marine Air-Ground Task Force is a highly effective combat force.
Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 load a CH-53E Super Stallion with meals, ready-to-eat during Exercise Eager Response at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 25, 2016. Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the Marine Air-Ground Task Force is a highly effective combat force.
Marine Air-Ground team conducts large scale assault, offensive air support operations during Eager Response 16
Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 load a CH-53E Super Stallion with meals, ready-to-eat during Exercise Eager Response at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 25, 2016. Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the Marine Air-Ground Task Force is a highly effective combat force.
A CH-53E Super Stallion lands after training during Exercise Eager Response at Fort Stewart, Ga., Feb. 25, 2016. During the exercise, Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing is a highly effective combat force.
Marine Air-Ground team conducts large scale assault, offensive air support operations during Eager Response 16
A CH-53E Super Stallion lands after training during Exercise Eager Response at Fort Stewart, Ga., Feb. 25, 2016. During the exercise, Marines trained in events such as casualty evacuation, assault support missions and aerial refueling, proving the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing is a highly effective combat force.
UTAPAO, Thailand -- Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 is among one of the squadrons aiding in the air-ground capabilities. HMLA 167 is currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Thailand during Cobra Gold 16 as part of the unit deployment program.

Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise designed to increase interoperability and cooperation through training events that are meant to advance solution solving skills between the participating nations. The goal of this exercise is to preserve and promote peace in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We’re proud to be part of this exercise as we participate with the Thais and other partner nations here,” said Capt. Ryan R. Morrison. “We’re expanding our influence in the region, learning from them, hopefully showing them some ways we do things and building relationships.”

Throughout this Cobra Gold, this year’s being the 35th iteration, HMLA has been able to exercise this trait in an atmosphere foreign than the traditional training areas in the United States.

“Generally speaking, HMLA will be responsible for going in and conducting reconnaissance of landing sites and objective areas and ensuring any threats are attrite before (other aircraft) come,” said Morrison.

HMLA is home to the UH-1Y Huey and the AH-1 Cobra. The two caveat off each other with the Huey providing highly capable sensors and a “God’s eye view” and the Cobra bringing longer distance weapon capabilities.

“HMLA really does provide a lot of noncombatant opportunities,” said Morrison. “We’ve already seen a lot of that in Nepal and in other humanitarian disaster relief situations where we are able to provide access to zones a lot of larger aircraft such as MV-22 Ospreys and CH-53E Super Stallions aren’t able to get into.”

HMLA is capable of bringing in supplies, limited CASEVAC and troop transportation assets during these humanitarian type situations.

1st Marine Aircraft Wing Cobra Gold III MEF Marine Aircraft Group 36 Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 Thailand