65th Eng. Bn.’s training takes flight aboard Black Hawks

| March 31, 2011 | 0 Comments
Spc. Joshua Caddel (center), HHC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, clears his weapon during “Sergeant’s Time Training,” March 17, at East Range, Schofield Barracks.

Spc. Joshua Caddel (center), HHC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, clears his weapon during “Sergeant’s Time Training,” March 17, at East Range, Schofield Barracks.

Story and Photo by
1st Lt. Brigida I. Sanchez
65th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command 

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, drew weapons at “zero-dark-thirty,” inspected their equipment and set off on a road march, here, March 17.

Even with wet and soggy conditions, HHC Soldiers moved with purpose and arrived at Area X-ray to catch a not-so-typical ride, helicopters, for “Sergeant’s Time Training.”

HHC set up a perimeter, established the landing zone and listened for two Black Hawk helicopters that would carry them to their final training destination.

“Flying in a Black Hawk gave it that real-world experience,” said Spc. Joshua Caddel, HHC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

The company’s executive officer and operations sergeant spent two months, from the initial concept to execution, planning for the event.

They worked together to plan HHC’s training, which included submitting an air movement request and securing the training area and landing zone.

“We coordinated with 3rd Bn., 25th Aviation Regt., 25th Combat Avn. Bde., 25th Infantry Division, to see if the aviation assets were available, figure out what the prerequisites were and see if they could be arranged,” said Sgt. 1st Class Justin Pierce, HHC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. “We utilized the Black Hawks in a combat training situation.”

Prior to the exercise, HHC Soldiers trained on the tarmac, organizing themselves into chalks and executing cold drills.

The 3rd Bn., 25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, supported the training and emphasized safety and the proper ways to mount and dismount a Black Hawk.

Although the use of helicopters added a unique element, the overall goal was to provide realistic training, said Capt. Michael Campbell, executive officer, HHC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

“Simulating real-world infiltrations (that are necessities) in Afghanistan and Iraq is why it’s important for Soldiers to go out on Black Hawks and be out the field,” Campbell said.

Once the company hit the ground, Soldiers worked on basic combat skills, navigating from one point to another, while focusing on basic dismounted marksmanship and movement techniques.

“It’s important for Soldiers to review basic Soldiering skills that are perishable if not continuously used,” Caddel said.

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