Supporting a Combat Balloon

What is necessary to support a combat balloon in Afghanistan?  People often look at this picture and forget what it takes which is the focus of the slideshow.

U.S. Marines attached to Battalion Landing Team 3/8, Regimental Combat Team 8, launch the lofted communication balloon for tethered deployment at Combat Outpost Ouellette, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 8, 2011. This was the first use of lofted comms in support of Marine Corps operations.


CLB-4 Supports Afghan Operations

Credit:1st Marine Logistics Group: 3/11/12

  • In the first photo, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), vehicles pass through a village in Helmand during a combat logistics patrol March 5. The patrol carried compressed helium, along with other supplies, to forward operating bases in the area.
  • In the second photo, Lance Cpl. Alexander Hurley, a motor vehicle operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 4 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), offloads a shipping container of supplies from his Logistical Vehicle System Replacement at Forward Operating Base Pennsylvania March 5 during a combat logistics patrol. Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, use the FOB as a base point for counter-insurgency operations in the area.
  • In the third photo, compressed helium sits on a Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), trailer during supply offload operations at Forward Operating Base Pennsylvania March 5. The surveillance blimps the helium filled served to make the area safer for mounted and dismounted patrols.
  • In the fourth photo, a Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle provides security during a combat logistics patrol through Helmand March 5. The patrol supported counter insurgency operations in the area.
  • In the fifth photo, an Afghan child watches a Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), convoy pass by on roads north of Sangin March 5. The combat logistics patrol delivered supplies
    to forward operating bases manned by the Marines of Regimental Combat Team 6.
  • In the sixth photo, Petty Officer 3rd Class Gregory Jones, a hospital corpsman with Bravo Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), monitors intravenous therapy during a break in
    supply offload operations at Forward Operating Base Pennsylvania March 5. Jones administered the IV to a Marine who had become dehydrated during the combat logistics patrol.
  • In the final photo, Lance Cpl. Samuel Depriest, a military policeman with Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), detaches a trailer of compressed helium during supply offload operations at Forward Operating Base Pennsylvania March 5. The lighter-than-air gas was used to fill surveillance blimps that monitor the area around the FOB.
Credit Photo of Combat Ballon
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