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    A new security patrol has been established at Miramar Naval Air Station, California, and the U.

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    Marine Detachment, United States Naval Air Station, Miramar
    3 ft

    Marine putting saddle on his horse
    3 ft

    Marine patrol team looking over map to check area to be covered
    7 ft

    Marines riding horses on patrol
    9 ft

    Patrol riding by ammunition storage area
    10 ft

    Patrol riding through brush
    5 ft

    Marine spotting something from hill top
    12 ft

    Marine looking through binoculars watching dust coming up from road
    10 ft

    Motorcyclist riding on dirt road
    4 ft

    Marines chase motorcyclist to determine man's reason for being on installation
    29 ft

    Marines on horseback stopping motorcyclist
    8 ft

    Marine checking motorcyclist's identification
    9 ft

    Marine radios security office to determine man's authorization to be riding on installation
    2 ft

    Marines continue their patrol
    8 ft

    Marines riding by fence near highway
    12 ft

    Marine on horseback in middle of large area of Naval air station
    13 ft


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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.

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