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Maj Ann McClain

WMA Member selected among 8 new NASA astronauts

NASA’s new astronaut class marks the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates ever selected, including the first female fighter pilot to become an astronaut in nearly two decades and a female helicopter pilot.

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CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan-Lance Cpl. Michael A. Preuss, a loadmaster with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, prepares to take off aboard the Harvest Hawk eqipped KC-130J from Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, March 25. The one-of-a-kind Harvest Hawk system includes a version of the target sight sensor used on the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter as well as a complement of four AGM-114 Hellfire and 10 Griffin missiles. This unique variant of the KC-130J supports 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) in providing closer air support and surveillance for coalition troops on the ground in southwestern Afghanistan., Staff Sgt. Christopher Flurry, 3/25/2011 7:37 AM

KC-130J Harvest Hawk: Marine Corps teaches old plane new tricks in Afghanistan

  By Staff Sgt. Christopher Flurry , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — One of the U.S. military’s most seasoned aircraft has found a new purpose as a one-of-a-kind weapon for the Marine Corps in support of troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The U.S. military has relied on the C-130 Hercules […]

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LtCol Ali Thompson

LtCol Ali Thompson Makes Marine Corps History

On 19 November 2010, Lt Col Ali “Rocky” Thompson made history by becoming the first woman Marine pilot to command a squadron.  Lt Col Thompson, a CH-53E pilot, took command of HMH-464 on board MCAS New River, NC, relieving Lt Col Richard Rush. Lt Col Thompson, a United States Naval Academy graduate, received her commission […]

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