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The Contemporary Flying Nightmares

. . . can be viewed by clicking here.

Our shoulder patch The Nightmare Scrapbook

. . . exists for no other reason than to organize and make accessible, imagery from a single pilot's tour of duty in a U.S. Marine Corps Harrier Squadron. There is no agenda or particular endstate; just an attempt to accurately capture a sense of the greatest job on earth and perhaps attract qualified citizens to similar service. In the left margin, the reader can find links to the squadron's history, information on how to become a U.S. Marine, and a month-by-month photo album that has been carefully screened for operational security. No information regarding military plans, activities, or goals; the names of other Marines; or aircraft technical data can be found here. Everything on this unofficial site is available via open sources, with the exception of the images, which are the property of the author and can be used by permission. This site is presented at no cost to the government.

Deck Launch The Cow

This scrapbook benefits (and suffers from) a single-point perspective, in this case, that of the squadron's Commanding Officer. It was created on Martin Luther King Day, Monday the 15th of January, 2001 in sunny Yuma, Arizona. The author is slated to assume command on January 26th. This site will be updated on a monthly basis until command is relinquished to a successor in 18 months or so. The chronological format will begin with the change of command on the last Friday of January, 2001. The unclassified mission of Marine Attack Squadron 513 is outlined below:

Nightmare Formation The Mission

In support of Marine Corps Infantry . . .

"Attack and destroy surface targets under day and night visual meteorological conditions and escort helicopters."

The included tasks:

1. Conduct close air support.

2. Conduct armed reconnaissance, interdiction operations and strikes against enemy installations, utilizing all types of conventional munitions compatible with assigned aircraft.

3. Conduct air defense operations within the capability of assigned aircraft.

4. Maintain the capability to operate during darkness and under instrument conditions to include ordnance delivery under the control of tactical support radar teams.

5. Maintain the capability to deploy or conduct extended range operations employing aerial refueling.

6. Maintain the capability to operate from aboard carriers, other suitable seagoing platforms, expeditionary airfields, and remote tactical landing sites.

7. Conduct armed escort missions in support of helicopter operations.

8. Perform organizational maintenance on assigned aircraft.

Concept of organization

This squadron will function either as an integral unit of 16 aircraft, or as a squadron (-) of ten, with a deployed six aircraft detachment. This concept of organization facilitates dual site operations, provides for the support of simultaneous contingencies, and allows for the fulfillment of continuous unit deployment program requirements.

Western Pacific Deployment


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I hope that you find this "Nightmare Scrapbook" entertaining, and perhaps enlightening. Hollywood and the media are fond of stereotypes and do a very poor job of portraying contemporary military life; often intentionally. My hope is that these images will contribute to a more realistic view of the excitement and adventure that service in the United States Marine Corps holds. If you are a young man or woman, consider a career where independent thought, initiative, and continuing education are not just encouraged; they're demanded.

The Cow

The Nightmares beyond 2002:       Immediately after I relinquished command of the Nightmares, they deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan for a year of combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and have since enjoyed many adventures. I know this because, they have been sending me images with great frequency and it is past time that I posted them here, under the last link in the left margin labeled: "VMA-513." Because I have been a member of--or augmented--seven of the nine USMC Harrier squadrons over the years, I shall include images that I have been sent from all of them. They were almost exclusively submitted by my former squadronmates. In December of 2006, my Aircraft Maintenance Officer and aircraft carrier detachment OIC, LtCol "Screech" Parkhurst assumed command of the Nightmares. It is a great pleasure for the Cow to know that VMA-513 will be in such capable hands! To see recent imagery from their current activities, click here.

                Semper Fidelis,
The Cow