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Marine Week Boston: Hitching a Ride in the Osprey

As part of Marine Week Boston, I (along with a few other boston social media community members) were lucky enough to be invited for a ride on the V-22 Osprey vehicle on Tuesday, May 4. First, big thanks to our host, Eric Schwartzman, for the invitation. Here’s the bird we flew out of Hanscom AFB:

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Of course, I brought out the Flip camera for some glimpses of the experience.

Marine Week Boston; MV-22 Osprey Flight from Hanscom AFB from Doug Haslam on Vimeo.

And here is the group; from left: Eric Schwartzman, David Meerman Scott, Todd Van Hoosear, Marine Sgt Sean McNevin (corrected– thank you, Todd)), Steve Garfield (stevegarfield.com), CC Chapman, and YT.

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After our ride, the Marines introduced us to several native New Englander marines. I had a nice chat with Lt Col (I believe, trying to remember the insignia)  Desgroselliers from Auburn Maine, who finally set me straight on the pronunciation, despite my having a childhood friend with the same name (we called him “Gus”).  I also chatted briefly with Lt Francona, who moved to Brookline, Mass. back in 2004. It was only later I realized (thanks to Todd V) that he was the son of Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Talk about unassuming.

Finally– I couldn’t resist getting this glimpse of CC, by the way– to be fair, we all looked this ridiculous in the gear (helmet = “cranial” – great lingo). Even though I took this photo with the Droid phone, I got lucky with the lighting.

@CC_Chapman ready for flight

For a slicker video of the ride, please see Eric Schwartzman’s blog here.

And for the record- I enjoyed making friends, neighbors, and members of my sons Little League team extremely jealous yesterday.

9 Responses to Marine Week Boston: Hitching a Ride in the Osprey

  1. It was Sgt. Sean McNevin — @smcnevin on Twitter. Great crowd all around! I just uploaded my 10-minute longer-form video of the trip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4YvAyverUc

  2. Oops, sorry, that’s supposed to be @seanmcnevin on Twitter.

  3. Doug Haslam says:

    Thanks– fixed it! (Sorry, Sgt McNevin). I can spell Sesgrosseliers but not McNevin. That’s what I get for growing up near Lowell, Mass.

  4. It was great to run into you guys. I had a different “in” – through the public affairs group (I did some pro-bono work for them). It was a great surprise to see all you guys!

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  6. FYI, I finally got around to putting my thoughts down from the trip. My post on the 4 lessons I learned from our experience is now live at http://itsfreshground.com/2010/05/marines/

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