Marine Corps Air Station New River

CH-53E Super Stallion and MV-22B Osprey aircraft on the flight-line at MCAS New River.
From right, a V-22 Osprey, a CH-53E Super Stallion, a CH-46 Sea Knight, a UH-1N Huey, and an AH-1 Cobra fly in formation over Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, March 18, 2008.

United States Marine Corps helicopter and tilt-rotor base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, in the eastern part of the state.

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Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

8095 acre military installation located within Port Royal, South Carolina, approximately 5 mi south of Beaufort, the community that is typically associated with the installation.

MCRD Parris Island logo
The famous yellow footprints outside of the Receiving Building, where prospective Marines receive their first taste of military life
Marine recruits learning basic marksmanship on the Chosin Range
A senior drill instructor inspects his platoon shortly before lights out.
Map of Parris Island

As the war influx continued, five battalions were sent to New River, North Carolina, to train, and the Depot expanded to 13 battalions.

Jacksonville, North Carolina

City in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States.

It is the home of the United States Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

246 sqmi United States military training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

A M1A1 Abrams main battle tank with 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune during 2013
Marine motor detachment, New River Barracks, 1942
American Indian Women Reservists at Camp Lejeune during 1943
Betty Grable at the New River, 1942
Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers board a USMC CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter at Camp Lejeune, 1994
Royal Bermuda Regiment shoot at Stonebay Rifle Range on 12 May, 2021
Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune, 2008
Barack Obama at Camp Lejeune, 2009
Royal Bermuda Regiment soldier with an L85A2 at USMC Camp Lejeune in 2018

The main base is supplemented by six satellite facilities: Marine Corps Air Station New River, Camp Geiger, Stone Bay, Courthouse Bay, Camp Johnson, and the Greater Sandy Run Training Area.

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

Major east coast aviation unit of the United States Marine Corps and is headquartered in Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.

2nd MAW Insignia
Structure 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing
Marines from 2nd MAW headquarters prepare morning colors for the first time at the new headquarters building in 2008.

Marine Corps Air Station New River

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

American multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities.

An MV-22 used during a MAGTF demonstration during the 2014 Miramar Air Show
Early concept illustrations of V-22
U.S. Marines jump from an Osprey.
A V-22 in a compact storage configuration during the navy's evaluation, 2002
A KC-130J Hercules refuels an Osprey off the coast of North Carolina
Closeup of rotor and engine of a MV-22B
V-22 with rotors tilted, condensation trailing from propeller tips
A MV-22 cockpit on display at 2012 Wings over Gillespie
M240 machine gun mounted on V-22 loading ramp
Crew refuelling an MV-22 before a night mission in Iraq, 2008
A MV-22 of VMM-162 in Iraq, 2008
Marines disembark from a MV-22 near Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, 2019
Two USAF CV-22s landing at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, in 2006
A CMV-22B in February 2020
A V-22 Osprey flies a test mission.
A CV-22 of 8th Special Operations Squadron flies over Florida's Emerald Coast.
A MV-22 delivers a Humvee to USNS Sacagawea
A U.S. Air Force CV-22 conducts a fly-pass at RIAT 2015
M327 towed 120mm heavy mortar and M1163 Growler back into an MV-22 on board USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7).
A V-22 at the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center
V-22's combat radius in Iraq, contrasted with the CH-46E's smaller combat radius.
V-22 seating layout

In 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Odin Lieberman, commander of the V-22 squadron at Marine Corps Air Station New River, was relieved of duty after allegations that he instructed his unit to falsify maintenance records to make it appear more reliable.

Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion

Heavy-lift helicopter operated by the United States military.

A CH-53E Super Stallion with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit
The YCH-53E on its first flight, 1 March 1974
A production CH-53E during flight demonstration showing the three engines and the tail rotor pylon
A MH-53E Sea Dragon from HM-15 during a minesweeping exercise, 2007
View of the CH-53E's cockpit during an in-flight refueling operation with an Air Force HC-130 Hercules
A CH-53 sling loads a HMMWV during a Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration
A pair of Super Stallion helicopters receive fuel from a KC-130 Hercules while transporting Humvees over the Gulf of Aden
USMC CH-53E recovering a disabled US Army CH-47 Chinook in eastern Afghanistan, 2010.
CH-53E during Exercise RIMPAC (2014)
High-speed, low-level pass during demonstration at the National Test Pilot School, Mojave, California
A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force MH-53E Sea Dragon lands aboard USS Tortuga in 2011.
The CH-53E rotor and exhaust assembly in detail
A MH-53E towing the MK105 minesweeping sled.

The Super Stallion variant first entered service with the creation of Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 464 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.

Camp Geiger

United States Marine Corps base.

Camp Geiger

Located off U.S. Route 17 about 10 miles south of Camp Lejeune, it shares the main gate of Marine Corps Air Station New River.

Marine Aircraft Group 26

Marine Aircraft Group 26 insignia

Marine Aircraft Group 26 (MAG-26) is a United States Marine Corps aviation unit based at Marine Corps Air Station New River composed of seven MV-22 Osprey squadrons, one of which is the Fleet Replacement Squadron, an aviation logistics squadron, and a wing support squadron.


United States Marine Corps tiltrotor squadron consisting of MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft.

VMM-261 insignia
Squadron UH-34s on USS Princeton (CV-37), March 1960
Squadron UH-34s refuel at Da Nang Air Base, July 1965
"Elvis 01" a CH-46E of HMM-261 awaits the loading of Army Rangers on Grenada during Operation Urgent Fury, October 1983.
A VMM-261 MV-22B in 2009.

The squadron, known as the "Raging Bulls", is based at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, North Carolina and typically falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 26 (MAG-26) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW).


United States Marine Corps tiltrotor squadron consisting of MV-22B Osprey transport aircraft.

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 Insignia
Protective covering is removed from an HMM-263 CH-46D at Marble Mountain Air Facility, January 1969
Sailors from USS Saipan rush out to unchain a CH-46 in 2004.
HMM-263 CH-46 landing at Camp Fallujah in July 2004
Squadron poster from current Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.
An MV-22 from VMM-263 refueling at night in Iraq.
Photo of Raymond M. Calusen

The squadron, known as the "Thunder Chickens", is based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 26 (MAG-26) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW).