25th CAB continues mentorship role

| April 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from 205th Corps, ANA, conduct proper loading procedures training with 25th CAB, 25th ID, and KAW air crews in preparation for an upcoming mission during an air assault rehearsal on Forward Operating Base Shoja, Afghanistan, March 31.

Soldiers from 205th Corps, ANA, conduct proper loading procedures training with 25th CAB, 25th ID, and KAW air crews in preparation for an upcoming mission during an air assault rehearsal on Forward Operating Base Shoja, Afghanistan, March 31.

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

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Kandahar Air Wing aircrews led an air assault in which they transported Afghan National Police officers and soldiers from 6th Kandak, 205th Corps, Afghan National army, here, April 1, with mentorship from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.

“Every step went well,” said Maj. Judah Lyons, plans officer, 25th CAB. “They executed the mission proficiently and demonstrated professionalism during the operation.”

The air assault consisted of a total of 60 ANA soldiers and ANP officers requiring two separate assaults to be made on two different landing zones.

“I am very happy to have conducted a successful operation,” said Capt. Nazar Aziz, a pilot with the Afghan Air Wing, Afghan Air Force. “One of the things that allowed for us to be successful was the good communication between the ground-to-air and between the helicopters.”

Communication was a critical factor in the success of the mission. The communication between all parties involved allowed the operation to run smoother, which was important considering the increased amount of soldiers, police officers and landing zones involved.

The air assault was the third to be executed since the KAW and 25th CAB began working together in early January. Solid progress has been made since the last air assault when the KAW dropped off one group of 20 ANA soldiers. In this operation, aircrews inserted three times more troops onto the battlefield from the last air assault.

“This is the most complex air assault they have done to date, which shows definite progress in the right direction,” Lyons said.

More air assaults are planned between the KAW and 25th CAB, with each one allowing the Afghan Air Wing to progressively take a stronger lead while the 25th CAB continues to transition from assisting to watching.

 

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