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Navy aviation fuel technicians from the USS Green Bay step up to refuel an AV-8B Harrier from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 at Auxiliary Airfield 2 in Yuma, Ariz., Nov. 5, 2009. The squadron and the USS Green Bay flight deck crew practiced working together at the airfield, which simulates the deck of a ship, to prepare for their upcoming testing period aboard the Green Bay. The Green Bay, commissioned January 2009, is part of the Navy’s new class of amphibious transport dock ship built specifically for helicopter operations. The squadron tested Harrier operations aboard the ship Nov. 11-15, 2009, to ensure that its design doesn’t inhibit use by Harriers in case of emergencies. Since the Green Bay is intended for helicopter use, many of its flight crew are inexperienced working with Harriers. “A lot of our crew members are very new to the fleet and many have never worked with jets before,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Albaro Rodriguez, USS Green Bay aviation fuel technician. “This is giving them a good chance to get prepared for possible emergency situations.” - Navy aviation fuel technicians from the USS Green Bay step up to refuel an AV-8B Harrier from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 at Auxiliary Airfield 2 in Yuma, Ariz., Nov. 5, 2009. The squadron and the USS Green Bay flight deck crew practiced working together at the airfield, which simulates the deck of a ship, to prepare for their upcoming testing period aboard the Green Bay. The Green Bay, commissioned January 2009, is part of the Navy’s new class of amphibious transport dock ship built specifically for helicopter operations. The squadron tested Harrier operations aboard the ship Nov. 11-15, 2009, to ensure that its design doesn’t inhibit use by Harriers in case of emergencies. Since the Green Bay is intended for helicopter use, many of its flight crew are inexperienced working with Harriers. “A lot of our crew members are very new to the fleet and many have never worked with jets before,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Albaro Rodriguez, USS Green Bay aviation fuel technician. “This is giving them a good chance to get prepared for possible emergency situations.”

Granite plaques, commemorating a group of retired service members, were dedicated Nov. 4, 2009, at the Yuma Armed Forces Park, in Yuma, Ariz. The red roses affixed to three of the plaques are in memory of three group members who have passed away, and the Marine Corps flag represents the camaraderie formed while they served together at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma in the 1970s. They started going on regular hunting and camping trips with each other and their families in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, a tradition that has lasted for more than 35 years and now includes three generations. - Granite plaques, commemorating a group of retired service members, were dedicated Nov. 4, 2009, at the Yuma Armed Forces Park, in Yuma, Ariz. The red roses affixed to three of the plaques are in memory of three group members who have passed away, and the Marine Corps flag represents the camaraderie formed while they served together at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma in the 1970s. They started going on regular hunting and camping trips with each other and their families in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, a tradition that has lasted for more than 35 years and now includes three generations.

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