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USMC supports USAFWS in producing expert weapons instructors

Marine watches as helicopter takes off on the flight line.

A U.S. Marine assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Camp Pendleton, California, watches as a USMC helicopter takes off in support of the 66th Weapons Squadron Weapons Instructor Course (WIC) at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 20, 2020. The WIC teaches instructors to become tactical experts in a cross-domain battlespace, equipping them with crucial experience and joint tactical knowledge to train their respective units, increasing overall combat capability and lethality across the forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

Marine sits in helicopter on flight line.

U.S. Marine Corps Staff. Sgt. Taylor Coughlin, weapons and tactics instructor assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HMLA-169), Camp Pendleton, California, sits in a UH1-Y Venom helicopter before take-off for a 66th Weapons Squadron Weapons Instructor Course training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 20, 2020. HMLA-169 provided rotary wing fire support and airlift to joint terminal attack controllers while they advanced through a medium threat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

Marines grab ammunition in a helicopter.

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HMLA-169), Camp Pendleton, California, grab 7.62X51mm NATO rounds in a UH1-Y Venom in support of the 66th Weapons Squadron Weapons Instructor Course at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 20, 2020. HMLA-169 participated during the Close Air Support phase for the 66th WPS Weapons Instructor Course 20-B. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

Helicopters take off from the flight line.

An AH-1Z Viper and a UH1-Y Venom helicopter assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Camp Pendleton, California, take off in support of the 66th Weapons Squadron Weapons Instructor Course at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 20, 2020. The 66th WPS teaches graduate-level instructor courses that provide advanced training in weapons and tactics employment to officers and enlisted specialists of the combat and mobility air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

Marine looks out of helicopter on flight line.

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Rafael Cortez, weapons and tactics instructor assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HMLA-169), Camp Pendleton, California, looks outside of a UH1-Y Venom helicopter before take-off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 20, 2020. HMLA-169 provided close air support, combat assault transport, and surface escort during the 66th Weapons Squadron, Weapons Instructor Course 20-B (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

Marine sits in helicopter on flight line.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Zachery Johnson, weapons and tactics instructor assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Camp Pendleton, California, sits in a UH1-Y Venom helicopter during take-off in support of the 66th Weapons Squadron Weapons Instructor Course at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 20, 2020. This training provided the USMC and USAF personnel further exposure into joint interoperability in a dynamic environment to ensure readiness and lethality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

Marines stand next to helicopter on flight line.

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Camp Pendleton, California, stand on the flight line next to UH1-Y Venom helicopter before a training exercise for the 66th Weapons Squadron Weapons Instructor Course (WIC) at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 20, 2020. WIC produces expert instructors on weapons and weapons systems as well as air, space and cyberspace integration. Upon course completion, the graduates provide advanced instruction and battlefield guidance to their commanders, operations officers and personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- A U.S. Marine assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Camp Pendleton, California, watches as a USMC helicopter takes off in support of the 66th Weapons Squadron Weapons Instructor Course (WIC) at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 20, 2020. The WIC teaches instructors to become tactical experts in a cross-domain battlespace, equipping them with crucial experience and joint tactical knowledge to train their respective units, increasing overall combat capability and lethality across the forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

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