Photo Information

Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 (Reinforced), take turns firing a .50 caliber heavy machine gun from a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter as part of their training during the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Marine Air Ground Task Force Exercise here March 29, 2009. The MAGTFEX is preparing Marines and sailors for their deployment later this year.

Photo by Cpl. Shawn M. Spitler

Crew chiefs engage targets during aerial gunnery training

29 Mar 2009 | Cpl. Shawn Spitler

Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 (Reinforced), the aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practiced aerial gunnery here March 29. Crew chiefs, flying in CH-53D Sea Stallion and CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, engaged targets with .50 caliber heavy machine guns during the shoot. The training was part of the MEU’s larger marine air ground task force exercise taking part at numerous installations throughout the state.

Marine Corps News

Colonel Jim W. Lively
Commanding Officer

Colonel Lively is a native of Dallas, Texas. He received his commission in 1996 through the Platoon Leaders Course program after graduating from Texas A&M University with a BA in Psychology.

Read Biography

Lieutenant Col. Le E. Nolan
Executive Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Nolan is a 2001 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and received his commission through Officer Candidate Class 180. After completing flight training as a CH-53E pilot, he reported to HMH-361 in MCAS Miramar.

Read Biography

Sergeant Major Travis L. DeBarr
Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major DeBarr enlisted in the Marine Corps and reported to MCRD San Diego, CA, for recruit training in October 1994.

Read Biography

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit