Old Trooper sends us a link from Fox News which reports the death of seven Marines in the deserts of Arizona;
The helicopters, an AH-1W “Cobra” and UH-1Y “Huey,” were conducting a routine training exercise at 8 p.m., the statement said. The helicopters were over southeast California in the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Dustin Dunk, the public affairs chief from the air station, said.
Maureen Dooley, a Miramar public affairs officer, told Fox News Radio that Marines use the training area because the terrain is similar to what they would face in Afghanistan. These training sessions help them gain some familiarity before they deploy.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. But it’s a reminder that although war is dangerous, training for it everyday is just as dangerous. That’s why just making it to twenty years deserves a pension and life-long medical care. Garrison life is not all boot shining and polishing floors.