If the heat was the only indication for 100 Marines crammed into a squad bay, May 16, they may have thought they were back home at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.
But these Marines, with Marine Attack Squadron 513 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13, were a full day’s travel and half a world away from their homes and loved ones. They stood ready, no more than two hours into a seven month deployment to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
“Who’s first deployment is this?” asked Master Sgt. Timothy Saunders, the VMA-513 maintenance chief, and native of Jacksonville, N.C.