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437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmen pose in front of a training helicopter they repaired for the 437th Operations Group special operations unit Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The helicopter, donated by the Defense Logistics Agency, was refurbished by the 437th MXS for the special operations unit to use for training. It will be used by their loadmasters to train winching and helicopter loading procedures, as well as rapid loading and offloading procedures in blacked out conditions.
Tech. Sgt. James Moreland, 437th Maintenance Squadron metals technologist, receives a coin for helping refurbish a donated training helicopter for the 437th Operations Group special operations unit, Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
Airmen from the 437th Operations Group special operations unit pose in front of their new training helicopter Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
Lt. Col. Tim Foster, 437th Operations Group special operations director, gives a speech during the dedication of an OH-6 Cayuse, Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The helicopter, donated by the Defense Logistics Agency, was refurbished by the 437th Maintenance Group for the special operations unit to use for training. It will be used by their loadmasters to train winching and helicopter loading procedures, as well as rapid loading and offloading procedures in blacked out conditions.
Team Charleston Marines bring in the cake to celebrate the U.S. Marine Corps' 243rd birthday at the annual Marine Corps’ Ball held at the Charleston Area Convention Center Nov. 17, 2018, in Charleston, S.C. Retired Marine Corps Col. Arthur Sass, now a naval science instructor at Eau Claire High School, delivered the keynote address during the ceremony. The Marine Corps was established on Nov. 10, 1775 and its birthday is celebrated with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony.
Marines await the beginning of the cake-cutting ceremony at the  Marine Corps’ Ball held at the Charleston Area Convention Center Nov. 17, 2018, in Charleston, S.C. Retired Marine Corps Col. Arthur Sass, now a naval science instructor at Eau Claire High School, delivered the keynote address during the ceremony. The Marine Corps was established on Nov. 10, 1775 and its birthday is celebrated with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony.
Members of a flag detail prepare to start the ceremony at the 243rd Marine Corps’ Ball at the Charleston Area Convention Center Nov. 17, 2018, in Charleston, S.C. Retired Col. Arthur Sass, a naval science instructor at Eau Claire High School, delivered the keynote address during the ceremony. The Marine Corps was established on Nov. 10, 1775 and is celebrated with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony.
Team Charleston Marines and guests await the arrival of the official party at the annual Marine Corps’ Ball at the Charleston Area Convention Center Nov. 17, 2018, in Charleston, S.C. Retired Marine Corps Col. Arthur Sass, a naval science instructor at Eau Claire High School, delivered the keynote address during the ceremony celebrating the service's 243rd birthday. The Marine Corps was established on Nov. 10, 1775 and its birthday is celebrated with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony.
Retired Marine Corps Col. Arthur Sass, now a naval science instructor at Eau Claire High School, delivers the keynote address at the Marine Corps’ Ball at the Charleston Area Convention Center Nov. 17, 2018, in Charleston, S.C. The Marine Corps was established on Nov. 10, 1775 and its 243rd birthday was celebrated with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony.
1st Lt. Paul Underwood, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight commander, inspects an unexploded ordnance during an exercise Nov. 16, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.
Senior Airman Shanice Truell, left, 315th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, and Senior Airman Vincent Amor, right, 628th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, guard a simulated entry control point during an operational readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.
Senior Airman Shanice Truell, left, 315th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, and Senior Airman Vincent Amor, right, 628th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, guard a simulated entry control point during an operational readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.
Airman 1st Class Andrew Brewer, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron apprentice, issues an M-16 during an operational readiness exercise Nov 14, 2018, Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.
A group of Airmen prepare for a mock deployment during an operational readiness exercise Nov. 12, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.
Capt. Richard Brockington, 15th Airlift Squadron pilot, walks up the stairs of a C-17 Globemaster III during a readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.
Capt. Christopher Long, 315th Airlift Wing officer in charge of accessories, listens to a radio transmission during a readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.
628th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen prepare mobility bags during a readiness exercise Nov. 12, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.
A C-17 Globemaster III is being loaded during a readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities and analyze ways to maximize efficiency.
Airman 1st Class Derek Riley, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainer, looks out at a C-17 Globemaster III being loaded during a readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.
Pictured is the Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL-754) crew.