In the unfortunate event that an aircraft goes down, pilots can rest assured that they’re not on their own. Far from it. The “no man left behind” mantra that’s imbedded in every Marine isn’t more evident than on these situations. When a Marine pilot goes down, which doesn’t happen often, a specialized well-trained, crisis response unit whose main mission is to rescue their own. The Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel Platoon is a force to reckon with, which continues the Corps’ tradition as an expeditionary crisis-response force capable of recovering downed pilots and aircraft.
In this video, Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, provide the Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel capability to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command 16.2, during their deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a well-trained, crisis response unit that has the ability to project combat power over vast distances using organic aviation, logistical, and ground combat assets. And that’s an incredible assurance that very few can say that they can count on when the rubber meets the road.
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