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Oct 17, 2006

Helicopter systems have become significantly more complex since Vietnam, said Chief Warrant Officer William J. Outlaw, a battalion tactical operations officer for the National Guard?s 2nd Aviation Battalion of the 224th Regiment, attached to Marine Air Group 16, 3rd Marine Air Wing (Forward). ?We didn?t have as sophisticated a set of weaponry then as we have now,? said Outlaw. Outlaw went more in depth, explaining how on-base security wasn?t as high in Vietnam, and that they sustained a larger volume of attacks with a lower caliber of weapon. Outlaw mentioned the motive of the North Vietnamese as political, whereas in Iraq the enemy is often religiously driven. One difference between the conflicts stood out the most to Outlaw. ?I was twenty-years-old then, I?m sixty now,? he said.

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