209th ASB gains critical FARP experience during CTE

| August 25, 2011 | 3 Comments
Pfc. Mitchell Livingston (right), Co. A, 209th ASB, 25th­­­­ CAB, 25th ID, refuels a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and communicates with another Soldier during the brigade’s FARP CTE on Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug. 14.

Pfc. Mitchell Livingston (right), Co. A, 209th ASB, 25th­­­­ CAB, 25th ID, refuels a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and communicates with another Soldier during the brigade’s FARP CTE on Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug. 14.

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

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Soldiers from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, recently conducted a wide variety of missions, here, as part of the brigade’s culminating training event, or CTE.

One of the lesser know training events taking place during the current CTE was the forward aircraft refueling point, or FARP, training.

Soldiers from Company A, 209th Avn. Support Battalion, “Lobos,” 25th CAB, began conducting FARP operations, here, in support of the 25th CAB’s aviation operations.

“The way the FARP is set up and executed, here, is very similar to what we will be doing in future missions,” said Sgt. Akera Wilkerson, daytime shift leader, Co. A. “This training allows us to safely train our Soldiers to standard — before heading into a more stressful environment.”

Soldiers must execute a wide array of tasks at the FARP to include establishing the FARP, using proper hand and arm signals, executing battle drills during equipment malfunctions and practicing many other standard procedures for each position.

“At the two-point FARP we are currently using, we require a minimum of seven Soldiers to operate it proficiently,” said Wilkerson. “We have one noncommissioned officer in charge, a Soldier to monitor radio transmissions, a Soldier to operate the (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) and two Soldiers to service each helicopter pad.”

Soldiers working on the 25th CAB FARP became familiar with the equipment and the dynamic nature of a FARP operation.

“The operational tempo of this training allows us to become familiar with the pace of real-time missions, without encountering hostile action,” said Pfc. Mitchell Livingston, petroleum supply specialist, Co. A. “This training is giving us a chance to build unit cohesion, learn proper FARP operating procedures and use appropriate hand and arm signals during FARP operations.”

 

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  1. SSG Floyd says:

    1st Section 2nd PLT leads the way- We are the "A-Team"

  2. Byron C. Glisson Jr. says:

    I need help on an address. I need to find a correct address for my step-son Mitchell Livingston who is on this web sire.. We have a address now but our post office says the address is incorrect. we want to mail Mitchell a package. The address that we now have is as follows:

    Mitchell Livingston
    209 th. FARP
    FOB Walton/ FOB Dashtu
    APO AE09367
    The post office is telling us that the 09367 is not right.. Is there someway that I can get a correct mailing address for Mitchell??. Thank you for your time..

    • haw says:

      Byron,
      I’ve contacted the unit’s Public Affairs Office to see if they can find where your stepson is stationed and have him contact you with the correct address. I don’t have access to that type of information nor can I release personal information without his consent. I hope you’ll hear from him soon with the correct info.
      ~Lacey
      USAG-HI PAO

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