Jan 22, 2009

Lance Cpl. Sam Genovese, a 24-year-old Reserve Marine with Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, enjoys his first ride in a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter over Iraq’s al-Anbar desert Jan. 22. Genovese, a Plymouth, Mass., native, is serving as an operations clerk in the battalion’s command operations center. Minnesota National Guardsmen from Company C., 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, co-located with the Reserve Marines of 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment at Camp Korean Village, routinely give their Marine counterparts the opportunity to experience flight in the nimble Blackhawk. The Marine Corps currently has no operational UH-60 aircraft in their inventory. (Official Marine Corps photo by Capt. Paul L. Greenberg)

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