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.

No camera details available.


Read More

This photograph is considered public domain and has been cleared for release. If you would like to republish please give the photographer appropriate credit. Further, any commercial or non-commercial use of this photograph or any other DoD image must be made in compliance with guidance found at, which pertains to intellectual property restrictions (e.g., copyright and trademark, including the use of official emblems, insignia, names and slogans), warnings regarding use of images of identifiable personnel, appearance of endorsement, and related matters.

No camera details available.

1st Marine Logistics Group