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Roles in the Corps: Rotary-Wing and Tilt-Rotor Pilots

[Captain Paschedag]
You walk in, and you can either be a lawyer, a pilot or a ground MOS. I said, "Well, being a pilot seems fun. What do I have to do for that?" My MOS is 7563 Huey Pilot. The reason I chose the Marine Corps is because I felt the need to contribute. It was exciting. I mean, I knew that I would be challenged on a daily basis.

[Captain Malcolm Williams]
My current MOS is, now, I'm flying an Osprey, a tilt-rotor pilot. It's both a plane and it's a helicopter. The Osprey is a tilt-rotor because it has two nacelles, which it has our engines and our transmissions mounted on the outside of the wing. You have the ability to move from down position, which is an airplane, or you can move up, just like a helicopter. And you have to think as an airplane pilot and as a helicopter pilot, so you're incorporating all aspects of aviation into one airframe.

[Captain Paschedag]
My primary job is to support the Marines on the ground. Everything that I do focuses on giving them support. My job is to focus on them and their mission, making it mine. The versatility of the Huey is amazing. We're part of a Light Attack Squadron. We can do everything from close air support, insert, extracts, resupply, command and control platform, aerial delivery and the list goes on.

[Captain Malcolm Williams]
What would I say to someone considering Marine Aviation? Be willing to work hard. Be willing to be there for your troops. Be willing to put in the time to study and hone your skills. I've had a great career, things I've gotten to see and the missions that I've flown. There were days that were awe-inspiring. I wouldn't trade it for the world.