2-14th CAV conducts combined air assault with Kurds, Iraqis

| September 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

1st Lt. Joseph Lewandowski
2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

The IA; Kurdish 3rd Regional Guard Bde.; and 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID; conduct rehearsals on helicopter mock-ups to understand individual missions for an upcoming air assault operation, Sept. 4, at FOB Cobra. (Courtesy of 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cavalry Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID)DIYALA PROVINCE, Iraq — The 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, took extreme pride in its first air assault of Operation New Dawn with the Combined Security Forces on Ruins Island, in the Hamrin Lake, here, Sept. 4. 

This sense of pride was ingrained on the determined faces of the CSF – consisting of the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga, or Kurdish fighters – as they conducted the first rehearsal for a combined air assault operation. 

First Lt. Mathew Cauda and Staff Sgt. Michael Austin, both of 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT, provided the CSF with quality on-the-job-training by demonstrating and briefing the operations order along with troop leading procedures.  

The IA and Peshmerga were eager to get hands-on training, and maintained an attentive stance as they encircled the terrain model for the operations order brief and a full dress rehearsal.

In the midday heat, all practiced loading and unloading the helicopter mock-ups, including individual body placement and ground movement. Like every good rehearsal, it was conducted continuously until everyone felt comfortable with his or her individual responsibilities, and then – they rehearsed some more. As day became night, the air assault team completed preparations for the upcoming early morning mission.  

At first light, the sound of helicopter blades slicing through the air initiated an influx of adrenaline through the veins of each and every person waiting to board those birds. The helicopters touched down at Forward Operating Base Cobra, and the CSF lines began loading the UH-60s. The 15-minute flight to the island was filled with anticipation of what to expect when the wheels touched down. 

Just as rehearsed, the CSF exited the aircraft upon landing on the island and immediately secured the landing area for the remaining lifts. Once all forces arrived on the island, they began the clearing operation and cache search. With metal detectors in hand, the CSF scanned and searched the entire island to no avail.  

Even though the operation concluded without identifying a cache site, it was a huge success as it provided the CSF an opportunity to conduct a full-scale exercise. The IA and Peshmerga were an integral part of the entire operational process that allowed them to practice the techniques, tactics and procedures received from the U.S. forces.  

1st Lt. Joseph Lewandowski2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry DivisionDIYALA PROVINCE, Iraq — The 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, took extreme pride in its first air assault of Operation New Dawn with the Combined Security Forces on Ruins Island, in the Hamrin Lake, here, Sept. 4. This sense of pride was ingrained on the determined faces of the CSF – consisting of the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga, or Kurdish fighters – as they conducted the first rehearsal for a combined air assault operation. First Lt. Mathew Cauda and Staff Sgt. Michael Austin, both of 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT, provided the CSF with quality on-the-job-training by demonstrating and briefing the operations order along with troop leading procedures.  The IA and Peshmerga were eager to get hands-on training, and maintained an attentive stance as they encircled the terrain model for the operations order brief and a full dress rehearsal.In the midday heat, all practiced loading and unloading the helicopter mock-ups, including individual body placement and ground movement. Like every good rehearsal, it was conducted continuously until everyone felt comfortable with his or her individual responsibilities, and then – they rehearsed some more. As day became night, the air assault team completed preparations for the upcoming early morning mission.  At first light, the sound of helicopter blades slicing through the air initiated an influx of adrenaline through the veins of each and every person waiting to board those birds. The helicopters touched down at Forward Operating Base Cobra, and the CSF lines began loading the UH-60s. The 15-minute flight to the island was filled with anticipation of what to expect when the wheels touched down. Just as rehearsed, the CSF exited the aircraft upon landing on the island and immediately secured the landing area for the remaining lifts. Once all forces arrived on the island, they began the clearing operation and cache search. With metal detectors in hand, the CSF scanned and searched the entire island to no avail.  Even though the operation concluded without identifying a cache site, it was a huge success as it provided the CSF an opportunity to conduct a full-scale exercise. The IA and Peshmerga were an integral part of the entire operational process that allowed them to practice the techniques, tactics and procedures received from the U.S. forces.  

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  1. Gerri says:

    It is always nice to hear what the military men and women have to say! Always!! We love you all!

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