The concept of the cavalry is a very old and important concept of war.
Cavalry were historically the most mobile of the combat arms, supporting initial waves of on-foot infantrymen. The speed, mobility and shock value of the cavalry was greatly appreciated and exploited in armed forces in the Ancient and Middle Ages, as well as today.
Exploiting the advances on warfare concepts through the use of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) idea, the U.S. Marine Corps has relied heavily on the use of its rotary wing assets to support, protect, cover and, if needed, extract Marines in the battlefield.
Meet the modern cavalry: the aerial cavalry.
This video presents Sgt. Todd Gildersleeve, Cpl. Mark Valle and Maj. Matthew Bohman, who describe the dedication and discipline required to maintain the new cavalry asset – the new horse – the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter.
Gildersleeve, from Alfred, Maine, is an aircraft avionics technician. Valle, from El Paso, Texas, is a crew chief. Bohman, from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a CH-53E pilot.
The Marines are with Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, forward deployed as part of the unit deployment program, with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.