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North Carolina Marine Corps squadron trains at MHAFB

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alex Harer, Marine Attack Squadron 542 ordinance officer in charge, oversees an AV-8B Harrier II taxing to the runway Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Marine Attack Squadron 542 worked alongside joint terminal attack controllers, F-15E Strike Eagles and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alex Harer, Marine Attack Squadron 542 ordinance officer in charge, oversees an AV-8B Harrier II taxing to the runway Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Marine Attack Squadron 542 worked alongside joint terminal attack controllers, F-15E Strike Eagles and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

A Marine Attack Squadron 542 AV-8B Harrier II pilot talks to a VMA-542 powerline plane captain during a pre-flight inspection Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The VMA-542 trained with the 366th Fighter Wing to experience mission operations under cold weather. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

A Marine Attack Squadron 542 AV-8B Harrier II pilot talks to a VMA-542 powerline plane captain during a pre-flight inspection Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The VMA-542 trained with the 366th Fighter Wing to experience mission operations under cold weather. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

An AV-8B Harrier II taxies out to the runway Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Marine Attack Squadron 542 worked alongside joint terminal attack controllers, F-15E Strike Eagles and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

An AV-8B Harrier II taxies out to the runway Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Marine Attack Squadron 542 worked alongside joint terminal attack controllers, F-15E Strike Eagles and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

An AV-8B Harrier II takes off Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The VMA-542 trained with the 366th Fighter Wing to experience mission operations under cold weather. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

An AV-8B Harrier II takes off Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The VMA-542 trained with the 366th Fighter Wing to experience mission operations under cold weather. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

Corporal Tyler Fry, Marine Attack Squadron 542 powerline plane captain, inspects the landing gear of an AV-8B Harrier II during a pre-flight inspection Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The VMA-542 is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

Corporal Tyler Fry, Marine Attack Squadron 542 powerline plane captain, inspects the landing gear of an AV-8B Harrier II during a pre-flight inspection Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The VMA-542 is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

Corporal Tyler Fry, Marine Attack Squadron 542 powerline plane captain, conducts an AV-8B Harrier II pre-flight inspection Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Marines worked alongside joint terminal attack controllers, F-15E Strike Eagles and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs to train under cold weather. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

Corporal Tyler Fry, Marine Attack Squadron 542 powerline plane captain, conducts an AV-8B Harrier II pre-flight inspection Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Marines worked alongside joint terminal attack controllers, F-15E Strike Eagles and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs to train under cold weather. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

Corporal Tyler Fry, Marine Attack Squadron 542 powerline plane captain, walks around an AV-8B Harrier II during a pre-flight inspection Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Working in cold weather conditions and side-by-side with the Air Force will help VMA-542 train for its mission. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

Corporal Tyler Fry, Marine Attack Squadron 542 powerline plane captain, walks around an AV-8B Harrier II during a pre-flight inspection Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Working in cold weather conditions and side-by-side with the Air Force will help VMA-542 train for its mission. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

A Marine Attack Squadron 542 AV-8B Harrier II pilot gives hand signals during a pre-flight inspection Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The VMA-542 trained with the 366th Fighter Wing to experience mission operations under cold weather. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

A Marine Attack Squadron 542 AV-8B Harrier II pilot gives hand signals during a pre-flight inspection Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The VMA-542 trained with the 366th Fighter Wing to experience mission operations under cold weather. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

Sgt. Brandon Erway Marine Attack Squadron 542 powerline plane captain, removes the wheel chocks from underneath the AV-8B Harrier II Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Working in cold weather conditions and side-by-side with the Air Force will help VMA-542 train for its mission. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

Sgt. Brandon Erway Marine Attack Squadron 542 powerline plane captain, removes the wheel chocks from underneath the AV-8B Harrier II Jan. 31, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Working in cold weather conditions and side-by-side with the Air Force will help VMA-542 train for its mission. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Marine Attack Squadron 542 from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, trained with the 366th Fighter Wing during the months of January and February.

VMA-542 conducted training to gain a familiarization with how AV-8B Harrier IIs react to cold weather conditions.

“Typically we don’t see much cold weather where we are from, and the altitude in Mountain Home is a lot different,” said Corporal Tyler Fry, VMA-542 powerline plane captain. “Cold weather gives us various complications of the aircraft that we normally never see and helps us get the training we need for different types of environments.”

A Marine Corps plane captain executes pre-flight and post-flight inspections on aircraft to confirm they are ready to fly and perform duties similar to a U.S. Air Force crew chief.

Corporal Cameron Vugrinovich, VMA-542 powerline plane captain, says working with the Air Force puts a new spin on their training.

“It’s a lot different than I expected,” Vugrinovich said. “We’re used to working with the U.S. Navy more, so working with the Air Force, seeing what they do and how they work on jets compared to us, it definitely opens your eyes to other ideas of how we can work on our jets and perform our maintenance to get things done.”

A VMA-542 Harrier pilot said training with joint terminal attack controllers, F-15E Strike Eagles and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs has been beneficial to their mission.

“The Air Force has been excellent to work with,” the Harrier pilot said. “As soon as we got here, they welcomed us into their own hangars. We’ve spent some time studying with them while being able to work with them hand-in-hand. Sharing our tactics has improved the capabilities of both services.”

Conquering low temperatures and working side-by-side with other military branches will help VMA-542 reach their objective.

“Anytime you’re faced with cold weather, it causes some challenges with the aircraft that you have to learn to overcome,” Fry said. “The real positive thing for being here in the mission that we’re actually trying to accomplish now is to train ourselves and the pilots.”