HELO DUNKER COMMENT: Patrick Melton

 I would like to add the following comments to your recent show discussing the crash of the 31st MEU.
The helo dunker is decent training, I say decent because their is NO WAY anyone can make the dunker realistic. The speed and violence that is involved in an actual crash can’t be duplicated in a controlled environment. Your guest mentioned how they can’t have the amount of gear that Marines usually take on the bird as well.

One thing that your guest stated was talking about the egress points of the MV-22, I would say that knowing your egress points are only moderately important since there is no saying that the bird will be in only one piece. People who have never been in a crash are only providing a second hand opinion, I say this because I have first hand experience in this.

We crashed Aug 29th, 1986.

The helo we were in broke into 5 pieces after we hit another helo on the flight deck, we had crossed into the Arctic Circle earlier that day and the water temperature was 42degrees. It is a tragedy to lose any Marine, to have only lost 3 out of 26 is truly a miracle. We lost 8 out of 21 on our crash…..

The Corps needs to do a much better job of preparing our Marines for these type of crashes.

Semper Fi

Patrick Melton

US MARINES AND OKINAWA — ENOUGH EXASPERATION TO GO AROUND: Grant Newsham

Grant Newsham
Japan Forum for Strategic Studies
Senior Researcher
Col USMC (ret)

Monday, June 05 2017, Hour 2

Grant Newsham, Col USMC (ret), joined the program to discuss his recent article in the Asia Times entitled “US Marines and Okinawa: Enough exasperation to go around

We discuss US Marine presence on Okinawa and Japanese politics relative to that.  Our presence in Guam and Australia and the future of the South China Sea.

Grant also attempts to answer the question — what’s in the future for our Western Pacific allies

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