2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Raven Operators Course

Four Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 completed the Raven Operators Course at Camp Lejeune Friday.

During the two-week course, Marines earned certifications to operate RQ-11B Raven unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Raven is a small hand-launched remote-controlled UAV. It provides day and night real-time video imagery for “over the hill” or “around the corner” reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition.

“This course provides us with the necessary training for operating the UAV,” said Christopher D. Cienkowski, a fire safety noncommissioned officer and fire team leader with MWSS-271. “If we send a convoy unit off to do field work, we can send a Raven to fly down the road to identify (threats).”

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