A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft prepares to land at Forward Operating Base Nawa in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2010. The Osprey can move troops and gear much faster than the CH-53E Super Stallion – the Corps’ 29-year-old, war-tested veteran for some of the same tasks.


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

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