‘Armament Dawgs’ keep aircraft support working

| June 22, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Cam Richardson, OH-58D systems repairer, Troop D, 2nd Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt., 25th CAB, cycles through communication pages during an operational check for a radio issue on Kandahar Airfield, June 1.

Sgt. Cam Richardson, OH-58D systems repairer, Troop D, 2nd Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt., 25th CAB, cycles through communication pages during an operational check for a radio issue on Kandahar Airfield, June 1.

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

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Hundreds of missions in the Army require the support of aircraft.

In order for those aircraft to provide that support, electrical, avionic, engine and weapon systems must be in proper working order.

Soldiers with the military occupational specialty of 15J, “Aircraft Armament/Electronic/Avionic Systems Repairer” maintain the avionics, electrical and weapon systems of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter. They’re known as “armament dawgs.”

“Daily tasks of a ‘J’ include gun services, filling radios, cleaning rocket pods, checking the coolant level on the mast turret assembly, and performing aviation intermediate maintenance, or AVIM, and aviation unit maintenance, or AVUM, tasks,” said Sgt. Cam Richardson, OH-58D systems repairer, Troop D, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.

“I can’t get enough of my job,” said Pfc. Connor Morganstein, OH-58D systems repairer, Troop D, 2nd Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt. “We do our best to fix any issue or load them as fast as we can to get them back in the air to provide that aerial support.”

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