Harriers in Afghanistan

07/06/2011: Harrier squadron flightline operations in Afghanistan

Credit: 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward):06/06/2011

  • In the first photo, Lance Cpl. Peter E. Clary, at left under aircraft, a Moscow, Idaho, native; Lance Cpl. Kyle M. Rowe, a Troy, Ohio, native; and Cpl. Zachary G. Mills, an Orlando, Fla., native, all Marine Attack Squadron 513 ordnance technicians, disarm one of the squadron’s AV-8B Harriers before it returns to the docking area at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 6.
  • In the second and third photos, An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron 513 stands for maintenance in the squadron’s hangar at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 5. Squadron maintainers ranging from ordnance technicians to airframes mechanics work 12-hour shifts to ensure the jets fly safely to fulfill their close-air support missions.
  • In the fourth photos, Marine Attack Squadron 513 avionics technicians perform daily maintenance on one of the squadron’s AV-8B Harriers at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 1.
  • In the final photo, Cpl. Michael Doss, a Marine Attack Squadron 513 airframes mechanic and San Diego native, walks the wing of one of the squadron’s AV-8B Harriers after performing a maintenance check on it at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 1.

For some squadron Marines, the most rewarding part of the job is simply seeing the jet take off.

“When we see it go out with loaded bombs and come back with nothing, it’s knowing we helped the guys on the ground,” said Doss.

"If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn’t thinking."

—General George Patton Jr.

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