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Cpl. Rashad Ellis, a CH-53E mechanic and aerial observer with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Glen E. Santy

Flyby: Cpl. Rashad Ellis

20 Dec 2012 | Lance Cpl. Glen E. Santy

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366, a CH-53E Super Stallion squadron, provides heavy lift capabilities and transport of combat troops, supplies and equipment for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. Cpl. Rashad Ellis, a CH-53E mechanic and aerial observer, helps keep the squadron’s aircraft mission ready at all times.

“Our tempo can go from slow to crazy in a heartbeat,” said the North Atteboro, Mass., native. “From turning wrenches to going on flights, it’s my job to keep these aircraft ready to rock and roll.”

Ellis spoke about working on the Super Stallions as if they were living beings.

“It’s a temperamental aircraft, but I still love it,” he said.
Ellis said the highlight of his enlistment was his deployment to Afghanistan.

“I have too many moments with this squadron to pinpoint one that stands out specifically,” he said. “I have stories of people out there sun tanning in their off time. All of the flights and missions we went on and people I met really made the experience unforgettable.”

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