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Semper FiPad: Marine Corps aviators use popular tablet in Afghanistan

6/10/2011 By Cpl. Rashaun X. James , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

Marine Corps aviators in Afghanistan are using one of the hottest electronic devices on the market to help keep Afghan civilians and coalition ground troops safe. CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — “iPads allow close-air support aircrew several advantages,” said Maj. Marc Blankenbicker, the lead fire control officer for the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron Harvest Hawk detachment at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan. “First is the ability to carry 500 large charts, known as gridded reference graphics, on one electronic tablet.”

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