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Hart, who has had experience in con-
ducting MEDEVACS in other aircraft like
the CH-46E Sea Knight, said the biggest
difference with using the Osprey was the
rapid speed with which the mission was
executed.
“By virtue of having this aircraft, we
were able to do it much faster and far-
ther,” he said. “This is a fine example of
why we have an aircraft like this.”
The 22nd MEU deployed May 15,
aboard ships from the Bataan Amphibi-
ous Ready Group and is currently de-
ployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of
Operations.
The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is
a multipurpose force of more than 2,200
Marines and Sailors. Led by Col. Gareth
F. Brandl, the 22nd MEU is composed of
its Ground Combat Element, Battalion
Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine
Regiment; Aviation Combat Element,
VMM-263 (Rein); Logistics Combat Ele-
ment, Combat Logistics Battalion 22; and
its Command Element.

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