Aircraft Recovery Training

More training at Bogue.  Full article is located here.

Staff Sgt. William Ford supervises an aircraft suspension during an aircraft recovery training exercise at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, N.C., Feb. 2, 2016. Aircraft rescue and firefighting Marines, heavy equipment operators, bulk fuels specialists, motor transportation Marines and combat engineers with Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 worked hand-in-hand to retrieve a simulated downed aircraft. They were given a scenario and were tasked to provide a security perimeter around the aircraft while securing and transporting the aircraft in a safe and effective manner. The ability to retrieve aircraft without the aid of outside resources increases the unit’s effectiveness and their expeditionary capabilities. Ford is the motor transportation operations chieff with MWSS-274. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. N.W. Huertas/ Released)

Staff Sgt. William Ford supervises an aircraft suspension during an aircraft recovery training exercise at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, N.C., Feb. 2, 2016. Aircraft rescue and firefighting Marines, heavy equipment operators, bulk fuels specialists, motor transportation Marines and combat engineers with Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 worked hand-in-hand to retrieve a simulated downed aircraft. They were given a scenario and were tasked to provide a security perimeter around the aircraft while securing and transporting the aircraft in a safe and effective manner. The ability to retrieve aircraft without the aid of outside resources increases the unit’s effectiveness and their expeditionary capabilities. Ford is the motor transportation operations chief with MWSS-274. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. N.W. Huertas/ Released)

Bogue Rat Kidnapped…Rescued

A great pair of articles and photos by Mike Barton on the kidnapping of the Bogue Rat in 1983.  Mr. Barton worked at Public Affairs back then and documented the events for the Windsock.  Now, lucky for us, he is still a working at PAO and has released a followup on Facebook.  You can find the original article after the break.

Bogue Rat Paper Mache Standing

By Mike Barton

Bogue Rat Paper Mache Loaded

By Mike Barton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COMPLETED. Things might get a little wonky as I transition.

Time to upgrade the site to use SSL certificates to improve security and block out all those hackers and bots that assail this site daily.  I haven’t had a breach but doesn’t hurt to lay down some barbed wire on the perimeter.  The links and images may get a bit jumbled as I move things around.

UPDATE: Migration is completed, the PX was moved and updated to speed checkout. If you are experiencing any problems, please let me know.

Patches in the PX

You can now purchase two versions of the Bogue Rat patch in the store! I will only have a few on hand so if it is out of stock and you want one, send me a message or post on this site and I’ll drive up to ET’s in Havelock and pick up some more.

The price will vary depending on the deal they give me.

BR_Patch BR_Beer_Patch

EA-6B takes an arrested landing on July 11th

Wow, this is rare.  I was lucky to see this bird circling overhead around the time of the arrestment.  Wish I had stopped in at Bogue to see the action.  Talked with one of the EAF Marines and he said that this was the first actual arrestment for his crew but they handled themselves well and took care of business.  Semper Fi, my hat’s off to the Rat’s of Bogue!

See the full article in this edition of the Cherry Point Windsock.

Photo by: CPL. SCOTT L. TOMASZYCKI

Photo by: CPL. SCOTT L. TOMASZYCKI

Check out the video here.

‘271 Marines ‘break backs’ to replace flight line

Some of you may have done this before! Another matting project underway at MCALF Bogue to improve FOD prevention and convert the simulated LHA into an LHD. I started planning the conversion in 2008 and I just missed the execution as I retire this month. You can check out the full article here. I recognize SSgt Goodwin down there on the right with the oversized Bogue Rat patch from E T’s Military Surplus. Semper Fi, Brother!!

Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 engineers lift a 155-pound piece of aluminum matting on the flight line at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue March 18. The Marines will replace approximately 200,000 square feet of matting during the upgrade. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Glen E. Santy)

Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 engineers lift a 155-pound piece of aluminum matting on the flight line at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue March 18. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Glen E. Santy)

Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 engineers lift a 155-pound piece of aluminum matting on the flight line at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue March 18. The Marines will replace approximately 200,000 square feet of matting during the upgrade. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Glen E. Santy)

The Marines will replace approximately 200,000 square feet of matting during the upgrade. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Glen E. Santy)

The PX is open!

I bought a laser engraver off eBay earlier this year and have come up with some EAF VTOL Coasters that you might enjoy. The designs are similar to the old CAL sites and the current CALA pads. Check out the store at http://px.boguerat.com. Most the proceeds will go toward the fees for the Bogue Rat website.

VTOL Coaster Set

VTOL Coaster Set

New Pictures

I have created a couple pages devoted to the visual history of Bogue. Send me your photographs to help create the worlds largest collection of stuff on MCALF Bogue! Looking for aerial shots and group photos right now. Post others to the guestbook with a great story (real or otherwise)!?…

I got a little behind there…

Just approved a slew of comments for the guestbook, et.al.  I’m not receiving notices from the site when you post so I’ll get in there a bit more often to check on new activity.

 

Facilities Maintenance got around to knocking down a huge amount of trees off the approach of 23 and I was able to reclaim three huge sections of pine that I’m looking to transform into plaque material.  I have it out in the backyard drying right now and will keep ya’ll posted on what I end up doing with it.  If you live close to Bogue and can still get on the base, you can get a permit to take fallen logs for firewood.

Semper Fi,

Been a long while…

…since I updated the site with features or information so here you go.  A new picture of the Bogue Rat and a Guestbook

I’ve received some interest in locating friends and comrades that worked together at MCALF Bogue.  Stop by and drop a note or crusty story in the new Guestbook by following the link over there on the right.