From this remote desert outpost just miles from the Pakistani border, two Marine Corps attack helicopters were heard before they were seen.
“Four miles out,” shouted Capt. Orion Jones over the growing percussion of their blades. Jones’ Marines emptied out of their waiting heavy-lift helicopter, running with a fuel hose in tow toward a nearby landing pad.
The AH-1W Super Cobras were soon seen on the horizon speeding toward the outpost.
Marines with Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 conducted rapid ground refueling of the smaller attack helicopters from a CH-53D Sea Stallion, Aug. 17.