25th CAB teaches Pathfinder maneuvers to Afghan soldiers

| June 22, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Joseph Suave (back), senior medic, 1st Platoon, Co. F, 2nd Bn., 25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, instructs soldier Bymoorad (left), 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps, Afghan National Army, to write the time on a tourniquet during the medical portion of the “Lightning Strike” Pathfinder academy, held in Afghanistan, June 11.

Sgt. Joseph Suave (back), senior medic, 1st Platoon, Co. F, 2nd Bn., 25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, instructs soldier Bymoorad (left), 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps, Afghan National Army, to write the time on a tourniquet during the medical portion of the “Lightning Strike” Pathfinder academy, held in Afghanistan, June 11.

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

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WOLVERINE, Afghanistan — Eight Afghan soldiers from 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps, graduated from the first-ever Rado Barq Zadan “Lightning Strike” Pathfinder academy, here, June 14.

Pathfinders from Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, at Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan, taught the class; Lt. Col. AJ Hotek, executive officer, 4th Kandak, presented the graduates their Pathfinder Lightning Strike Scrolls, and Lt. Col. Kelly Hines, commander, 2nd Bn., 25th Avn. Regt., presented the graduates with certificates of completion.

Pathfinders navigate their way through foreign terrain and establish safe landing zones for Airborne and Air Assault Soldiers or Army aircraft. Many times they are asked to parachute into remote areas, navigate their way to unobstructed locations, and then relay those coordinates back to a command center.

During the training, soldiers learned how to conduct Pathfinder, Air Assault and Lightning Strike operations with the goal of later training others throughout the Afghan National Army in Pathfinder operations.

By the end of the two-week course, the soldiers could plan and execute air assault operations; conduct tactical site exploitation; conduct partnered Lightning Strike operations; execute Medical Evacuation, or MEDEVAC, operations; and rig, certify and execute sling-load operations.

“These classes are designed to help the Afghan army sustain outlying combat outposts, or COPs, and forward operating bases, or FOBs, once coalition forces leave Afghanistan,” said Sgt. 1st Class John Jackson, platoon sergeant, Co. F, 2nd Bn., 25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB.

“The lesson plan was very aggressive covering a broad spectrum of topics,” Jackson added. “They accomplished quite a bit with minimal assets and time for the first course.”

During the combat care course of instruction, the soldiers learned how to administer life-saving care before a patient can be treated by medical personnel.

“Our soldiers need to know these things so they can teach it to others,” said 1st Lt. Abdul, commander, Engineering Co., 4th Kandak, 2nd Bde., 205th Corps. “They did not know how to apply a tourniquet properly until this class. By the end of the medical portion of class, they were able to apply a tourniquet properly and administer the proper care to save their fellow soldier’s life.”

The Afghan soldiers also learned about sling-load operations by rigging and certifying a 20-foot container full of supplies that needed to be transported to another outpost.

“The Afghans were very professional during the whole training,” Jackson said. “With this training, they can become self-sustaining in the movement of supplies and equipment by utilizing their assets.”

“All the personnel in the 4th Kandak need this type of training, since we are the support battalion for the other Kandak units,” said Satar. “We had a good counterpart to work with.”

 

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