25th CAB puts its air assault, endurance skills to the test

| July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments
With guidance from the Air Assault Course MTT, Soldiers from 2nd Assault Helicopter Bn., 25th Avn. Regt., “Diamond Head,” 25th CAB, 25th ID, prepare to rappel out of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Schofield Barracks, recently.

With guidance from the Air Assault Course MTT, Soldiers from 2nd Assault Helicopter Bn., 25th Avn. Regt., “Diamond Head,” 25th CAB, 25th ID, prepare to rappel out of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Schofield Barracks, recently.

Story and Photos by
Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

Mobile team brings tough course to Hawaii Soldiers and Airmen

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — “Air Assault!”

Recently, Soldiers from all over the Pacific region were able to attend the Air Assault Course, held at the East Range Training Complex on Schofield Barracks.

The Company B, Air Assault Mobile Training Team from Fort Benning, Ga., taught the course.

“It was a great course,” said Spc. Richard Earl, petroleum supply specialist, Company E, 3rd Battalion, 25th General Support Aviation Regiment, “Hammerhead,” 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. “I thought it was going to be tough, but I did not expect it to be this hard.”

The Air Assault Course is comprised of “Day Zero” and three phases.

During Day Zero, participants conduct an inventory of equipment, navigate through the obstacle course and perform a physical fitness test.

“Phase one was the technical part of the course, but still important for what the class encompasses,” Earl said.

Phase two is the hands-on part of the training. The Soldiers are tested on various sling-loads for Army aircraft, proper hand and arm signals for ground-guiding aircraft, and proper hookup procedures.

“Phase two was my big obstacle to overcome, mainly the exam,” said Staff Sgt. Cain Hennings, Headquarters Support Co., 209th Avn. Support Bn., 25th CAB. “The class is hard.”

In the exam, students inspect various sling-loads and display hand-and-arm signals for ground-guiding aircraft, according to Sgt. Kyle Lewis, a phase two senior instructor, Co. B, Air Assault MTT.

“Phase two is the phase where the students will learn the most for use after this course,” he said.

1st Lt. Tamatane Letuli, HHC, 25th CAB, 25th ID, climbs the rope of the “Tough One” on the Air Assault Obstacle Course at Schofield Barracks, recently.

1st Lt. Tamatane Letuli, HHC, 25th CAB, 25th ID, climbs the rope of the “Tough One” on the Air Assault Obstacle Course at Schofield Barracks, recently.

Upon completion of phase two, Soldiers move right into phase three, which is the rappelling instruction block. During this phase, the class is required to successfully tie a Swiss seat, hook in properly and complete four different rappels.

Before the course is complete, students have one more obstacle to tackle, a 12-mile ruck march.

“The only thing that could prepare you for the 12-mile ruck march is going out and doing it in your spare time,” Earl said.

Of the 238 who attended the course, only 176 Soldiers graduated.

“It was a great opportunity to come out here and teach this class to Soldiers and Airmen who would have had to travel long distances for this course,” Lewis said. “The students did great with the training; (they were) willing to learn and pushed to excel.”

 

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