25th CAB continues mentorship role with ANA, KAW

| March 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Mi-17 helicopters from the KAW come in for a dust landing during an air assault training mission with air crews from the 25th CAB, 25th ID, in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 29.

Mi-17 helicopters from the KAW come in for a dust landing during an air assault training mission with air crews from the 25th CAB, 25th ID, in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 29.

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

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — As the sun broke the horizon line in the early morning hours, air crews from the 25th Infantry Division and soldiers from 1st Brigade, 205th Corps, Afghan National army, anxiously awaited as Mi-17 helicopters from the Kandahar Air Wing were heading their way.

When crews from the air wing arrived at the landing zone, ANA soldiers loaded onto the helicopters and headed out to conduct an air assault operation in the Kandahar province, here, March 1, to disrupt Taliban efforts.

The 25th ID contingent, drawn from Soldiers from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade and the 1st Bde. Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, accompanied the Afghan forces as mentors.

“The Afghan forces have shown strides in improvement towards conducting independent operations,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kenley Kirkland, pilot, 2nd Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment, 25th CAB. “Completing these missions helps build confidence, allowing them to be successful in the future.”

Although this type of operation was new to many Afghan troops, it’s becoming a more common occurrence in southern Afghanistan and improving security for the local population.

With the success of the second independently led air assault in two weeks by the Kandahar Air Wing and Afghan soldiers, the confidence level in planning, training and executing the mission has improved.

According to Brig. Gen. Habibi, commander, 1st Bde., 205th Corps, ANA, this air assault was a defining moment in the unit’s pursuit of conducting independent operations. By partnering with the ANA, the combat effectiveness of the corps has increased and will help facilitate its ability to conduct independent operations.

Much like the air assault completed a week prior, Kandahar Air Wing and ANA soldiers conducted a rehearsal training session, building their confidence and making them more familiar with the Mi-17 helicopters.

 

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