HAMET flights conclude

| November 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division
News Release

25th ID

25th ID

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, concluded the flight operations portion of High Altitude Mountainous Environmental Training, or HAMET, on the Big Island, Oct. 28.

The training, which began Oct. 7, consisted of flying to three landing zones, or LZs, on the slopes of Mauna Kea and on the slopes of Mauna Loa.

Pilots practiced helicopter power management, approach, touch and go, and hovering tasks to prepare them for conditions they will encounter when deployed, such as weather and low oxygen.

“The 25th CAB is extremely pleased that the 74 CH-47F and UH-60 aviators who still required the training were able to successfully complete HAMET flight operations on the Big Island,” said Col. Frank Tate, commander, 25th CAB. “With the help of the State of Hawaii, we are now able to look the parents, spouses and children of our aviators, and their passengers, in the eyes, knowing we prepared them fully for their mission.”

Aviators and their aircraft are redeploying to Oahu to complete the training in preparation for the brigade’s upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Approximately 2,600 Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan in early 2012 for a one-year deployment. Familiarity with this specialized HAMET is critical to saving the lives of the Army’s aircrews and the Soldiers they will transport during the year ahead.

 

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Category: News, Training, U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa (USAG-Pohakuloa)

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