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A flying dog getting out of a V-22

At sea, even.

170321-N-XT039-396 PHILIPPINE SEA (March 21, 2017) Lance Cpl. Alex Marquissee, a military working dog (MWD) handler, from Appleton, Wis., and Gage, his MWD, both attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fast rope from an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the “Flying Tigers” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262, onto the port aircraft elevator of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st MEU is on a routine patrol, operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance warfighting readiness and posture forward as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jesse Marquez Magallanes/Released)
170321-N-XT039-396 PHILIPPINE SEA (March 21, 2017) Lance Cpl. Alex Marquissee, a military working dog (MWD) handler, from Appleton, Wis., and Gage, his MWD, both attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fast rope from an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the “Flying Tigers” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262, onto the port aircraft elevator of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st MEU is on a routine patrol, operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance warfighting readiness and posture forward as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jesse Marquez Magallanes/Released)
170321-N-XT039-396 PHILIPPINE SEA (March 21, 2017) Lance Cpl. Alex Marquissee, a military working dog (MWD) handler, from Appleton, Wis., and Gage, his MWD, both attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fast rope from an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the “Flying Tigers” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262, onto the port aircraft elevator of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st MEU is on a routine patrol, operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance warfighting readiness and posture forward as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jesse Marquez Magallanes/Released)

At sea, even.

Photo credit: JESSE MARQUEZ MAGALLANES/ U.S. Department of Defense 

At sea, even.

Photo credit: JESSE MARQUEZ MAGALLANES/ U.S. Department of Defense 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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