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thedrifter
10-01-04, 07:27 AM
Osprey squadron conducts tests in an austere environment
Submitted by: MCAS New River
Story Identification #: 2004929165727
Story by 1st Lt. Katherine L. O'Neill



MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. (Sept. 29, 2004) -- Members of Marine Tiltrotor Test and Evaluation Squadron- 22 are currently testing the Osprey in similar environments to Iraq.

The squadron, with four aircraft, traveled to Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas to assess operations in the austere environment and develop tactics, techniques and procedures as well as conduct pilot and aircrew proficiency training for their Operation Evaluation, which begins in January.

“The goal is not only to develop tactics, techniques and procedures but also to deploy as a unit,” said Marine Lt. Col. Christopher C. Seymour, Chief Operational Test Director for VMX-22.

Seymour, a native of Houston, Texas, and the officer in charge of the detachment said this deployment is a great orientation for Marines and Airmen who are junior to aviation and to the service to perform in an environment they do not work in on a daily basis.

“This deployment is a chance for our squadron to prepare for our OPEVAL, where we will have twice the amount of aircraft and spend up to five months testing in every clime and place,” said Seymour, “Over the next two weeks, our pilots will train and become competent in flying the Osprey in an austere environment, which is nothing but goodness.”

Airmen from Patuxent River, Md. and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. are also training in this austere environment with the Marines.

“It is essential Airmen be involved in this training because the CV-22 is 85 percent common to the MV-22, said Air Force Master Sgt. John J. Lysaght, Maintenance Superintendent for Detachment 2 of the 18th Flight Test Squadron located at New River.

The CV-22 is the MV-22 with additional equipment such as radars, an electronic warfare platform and a Directional Infrared Counter Measures system.

Lysaght, native of St. Louis, said the Airman maintainers are working with the Marines and learning about the Block A configuration of the MV-22. The Airman then can take their experience and lessons learned back to their units and train other Airmen.

Lysaght said the Air Force will begin their OPEVAL in 2006, and this deployment is a chance for them to prepare. “It is an opportunity for them to pare and tailor their pack up list,” said Lysaght.

The squadron will return home mid-October and continue to prepare for their OPEVAL.

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Members of Marine Tiltrotor Test and Evaluation Squadron-22 traveled to Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas to assess operations in the austere environment and develop tactics, techniques and procedures as well as conduct pilot and aircrew proficiency training for their Operation Evaluation, which begins in January. The squadron, based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, will return Oct. 8.
Photo by: Chief Warrant Officer Brook R. Kelsey

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Ellie

Eaglestrikes
10-01-04, 10:00 PM
Osprey. The wave of the future. Border patrol wants them as does the USCG.

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