A new security patrol has been established at Miramar Naval Air Station, California, and the U.
Marine Detachment, United States Naval Air Station, Miramar
Marine putting saddle on his horse
Marine patrol team looking over map to check area to be covered
Marines riding horses on patrol
Patrol riding by ammunition storage area
Patrol riding through brush
Marine spotting something from hill top
Marine looking through binoculars watching dust coming up from road
Motorcyclist riding on dirt road
Marines chase motorcyclist to determine man's reason for being on installation
Marines on horseback stopping motorcyclist
Marine checking motorcyclist's identification
Marine radios security office to determine man's authorization to be riding on installation
Marines continue their patrol
Marines riding by fence near highway
Marine on horseback in middle of large area of Naval air station
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Background: A new security patrol has been established at Miramar Naval Air Station, California, and the U. S. Marine guards are using a method of transportation which the "leathernecks" haven't utilized since the 1930's, it's the horse.
In order to effectively patrol the 15,000 acre expanse of the air station, a mode of transport was needed which could get the Marine guards into the remote areas of the sprawling military installation.
Captain Charles S. Klein, the security guard unit commander, said "We tried out motorcycles, dune buggies, and four-wheel-drive vehicles, but, the horse can still go where wheels can't.
The mounted "leathernecks" ride in two man teams during their four to five hour patrols conducted during daylight hours. They are equipped with sidearms and walkie-talkie radios.
There are currently six Marines assigned to the special unit. The men, all volunteers, are each assigned his own horse and is responsible for the animal's care and feeding.
This special squad of volunteers is reminiscent of the old Horse Marines which were part of the U. S. Legation guard in Peking, China, during the turbulent 1920's and 1930's.
Miramar has the distinction of having the only Horse Marines in the entire Marine Corps operating on patrol duty.