During Tyler's two-day visit, Sucher escorted him and his family around the
air station and base, as Tyler spent time with his new "Band of Brothers".
On his first day, Tyler and his family toured the aircraft and squadron area
of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (REIN). Tyler and his family toured
inside a CH-53E, CH-46E, AH-1W, and UH-1N.
After lunch at the Officer's Club with some of the pilots Tyler, and his
dad, Greg, got to spend time in the AH-1W Super Cobra simulator, and shot
"enemy" tanks and planes.
At the end of the day, Tyler strapped into his gunner's belt, donned his
cranial, lowered his goggles and lifted off from Marine Corps Air Station
aboard Capt. Mike Kane's UH-1N "Huey". The helicopter then took Tyler for a
45-minute flight above Camp Lejeune and New River.
"When we took off he had two requests," said Kane. "One was to fly down the
beach, and the other was to fly over his hotel."
When asked what his favorite part of the flight was, Tyler responded, "The
beach, yeah, the beach."
"I think he liked the turns the best," said Kane. "He seemed to like it when
we banked towards his side."
Following Tyler's first helicopter flight, Kane concluded, "I felt honored
to have the opportunity to fulfill one of his wishes."
The following day, Tyler fulfilled the second part of his three-part wish,
to ride in a tank. 1st Lt. Frederick Catchpole's platoon of Marines toured
around the M-1A1 Abrams tanks that will deploy with the MEU this September.
Tyler and his dad, Greg, then boarded Sgt Dylan Bryant's tank, and took off
for a 20-minute drive around Camp Lejeune, to shoot imaginary "enemy
"This was a huge, huge honor for me," stated Bryant after taking Tyler on
his trek. "I feel very privileged that I had the opportunity to do this for
man, and it's something I honestly won't forget.
Following his ride, Tyler flashed a broad smile and two thumbs-up. He stated
that his ride was great, but he wanted them to go faster.
A short ride across the street and Tyler and his family were at the Light
Armored Reconnaissance Battalion's motor pool where he met 1st Lt. Steve
Kahn, Platoon Commander for the MEU's LAV Detachment, and his platoon of