Marines Support Local Fire Authorities During Deadly California Wildfire Season

SAN DIEGO, California (August 16, 2012) — Whether they're lending humanitarian aid to earthquake-ridden Japan or protecting world citizens from tyranny, Marines are called upon to face down a wide spectrum of threats, often within a few hours' notice.

The Marine Corps' tireless training and superior mobility doesn't just apply to international threats and peacekeeping efforts. This preparation allows The Corps to respond on domestic soil within hours—with the same efficiency, speed and power.

This summer, amidst record drought and scorching temperatures, Marines of the 3rd Aircraft Wing out of MCAS Miramar and MCB Camp Pendleton partnered with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to fight a different kind of enemy, the vicious wildfires of Southern California. Among support given were eight aircrafts: CH-46 Sea Knight and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters.

"It feels very rewarding to be able to give back to the community in a real way, incorporate a lot of the things we train for in a combat environment, and be able to use those in our own backyard," said Capt Charlene Wyman of the 462nd Heavy Helicopter Squadron.

Whether here or abroad, Marines always stand ready to fight, protect and serve.


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