We're working the Operation Cobra's Anger story for more inside gouge, but one thing the wires are reporting is that 3/4 and other elements of this morning's assault on Now Zad involved air assaults using MV-22 Ospreys.
As you all know, the birds from VMM-263 just chopped from the Bataan to Camp Bastion in Helmand province Afghanistan and fell in on VMM-261 who'll do a pump there. Many Osprey critics hounded the program for not pushing the assault envelope in Iraq. Well, it seems as if the Corps has put the birds to quick use on a 3am lift of Recon troops, infantry grunts and Brits.
I'm working on getting more details from this on the Osprey's role, but I thought I'd bring this to your attention early on while working the sources...