MCAS-Yuma Marines in Afghanistan
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The “Flying Nightmares” of MCAS-Yuma based Marine Attack Squadron 513 are part of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) the aviation combat element in support of NATO operations in southwestern Afghanistan. Since May the Marines have been working 24 hours a day in conditions far from comfortable. Temperatures have turned the working environment into an oven. An intense flight schedule has kept the Marines on their toes for as long as they’ve been in country.
Cpl. Michael Garetz, a Marine Attack Squadron 513 ordnance technician and Comstock, Texas, native, inspects flares loaded aboard one of the squadron's AV-8B Harriers on the flightline at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 29.
PHOTO BY PFC. SEAN DENNISON/SPECIAL TO YUMA SUN