25th CAB deploys for OEF

| January 20, 2012 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Julio Riveraperez, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment, 25th CAB, 25th ID, holds his daughter, Jan. 4, before he deploys to Afghanistan in support of OEF.

Staff Sgt. Julio Riveraperez, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment, 25th CAB, 25th ID, holds his daughter, Jan. 4, before he deploys to Afghanistan in support of OEF.

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

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — This week, the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade “Wings of Lightning,” 25th Infantry Division began its deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The brigade’s fighting force consists of more than 2,300 Soldiers and equipment, including OH-58D Kiowa Warriors, UH-60 Black Hawks and CH-47 Chinook helicopters from here, and AH-64 Apache helicopters from Fort Carson, Colo.

The 25th CAB’s primary mission is to operate in several key regions of Afghanistan, executing air assault, air movement, resupply and counterinsurgency operations.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles Basham, Company D, 3rd Battalion, 25th Avn.Regiment, 25th CAB, 25th ID, watches his daughter open a care package before he deploys to Afghanistan in support of OEF, on Wheeler Army Airfield, Jan. 4.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles Basham, Company D, 3rd Battalion, 25th Avn.Regiment, 25th CAB, 25th ID, watches his daughter open a care package before he deploys to Afghanistan in support of OEF, on Wheeler Army Airfield, Jan. 4.

The brigade conducted three training rotations at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island and a culminating training exercise over various training sites in preparation for the deployment.

“The Soldiers of the 25th CAB are well trained, highly motivated and well prepared for the mission ahead in Afghanistan,” said Col. Frank Tate, commander, 25th CAB.

A detachment of Soldiers will stay behind to support deployed Soldiers’ families throughout the deployment.

“The families of the 25th CAB will pull together as one ohana, (or family), to take care of each other,” Tate said. “The rear detachment stands ready to help families in need in the Family Support Center, as their first mission before all else.”

 

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