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Cpl. Monica Pomales, a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 773 Detachment A, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, from Deerfield Beach, Florida, conducts live fire shooting drills in a UH-1Y Venom during exercise Gunslinger 22 at Smoky Hill Range, Kansas on June 17, 2022. The UH-1Y Venom was accompanied by an AH-1Z Viper and both provided close air support and deep air support to the Ground Combat Element at Smoky Hill Range. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David Intriago)

Photo by Lance Cpl. David Intriago


23 Jun 2022 | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve

The United States Marine Corps will conduct a joint forces combat search and rescue (CSAR) training as part of exercise Gunslinger 22, at the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range on Thursday. 

Gunslinger is a large military exercise conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, and the Kansas Air National Guard’s 134th Air Control Squadron. Since June 1 more than 1,300 Marines from 11 home training centers across the country have arrived in Salina to participate. Gunslinger will conclude training on Friday. 

The CSAR is the culminating event for exercise Gunslinger and will focus on rescuing two pilots from a simulated combat environment. This is the first joint CSAR event and the largest personnel recovery exercise the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing has conducted. 

“This exercise enables every participant to apply the skills they’ve sharpened during Gunslinger 22 in a large-scale, complex and dynamic scenario,” said Lt. Cmdr. Constance Ramsburg, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing Aeromedical Safety Officer and lead planner for the event. “By integrating joint training objectives and leveraging each service’s strengths, we enhance the lethality and survivability of our personnel while ensuring we remain ready, relevant and responsive in any operating environment.”

4th Marine Aircraft Wing is part of the Marine Forces Reserve. The unit comprises more than 7,200 Marines and sailors and 160 aircraft located in 14 states throughout the United States. 4th Marine Aircraft Wing provides combat-ready aviation forces, capable of conducting missions across a range of military operations.



Maintenance Day at Exercise Gunslinger 22 Photo by Lance Cpl. David Intriago
A U.S. Marine with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 772, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, observes the arrival of a CH-53E Super Stallion during exercise Gunslinger 22 at Salina, Kansas on June 20, 2022. Exercise Gunslinger 22 is a joint exercise with the Kansas Air National Guard and U.S. Marine Corps designed to increase aircraft control and training for potential real world contingencies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David Intriago)