25th CAB conducts CRF validation with Air Force

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
Soldiers with the 25th CAB offload an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter, assigned to 2-6th Cav. Regt., from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane during a contingency response force validation exercise at Hilo Airport, Sept. 11.

Soldiers with the 25th CAB offload an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter, assigned to 2-6th Cav. Regt., from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane during a contingency response force validation exercise at Hilo Airport, Sept. 11.

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

HILO, Hawaii — The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducted a contingency response force (CRF) validationexercise from Wheeler Army Airfield to here, Sept. 11.

The exercise highlighted the CAB’s ability to quickly deploy a response force throughout the Pacific.

The small-scale exercise began when the CRF received the call for deployment and ended when all aircraft were reassembled and ready for flight at the final location.

Securing the helos nside the C-17.

Securing the helos nside the C-17.

The CRF task force, consisting of Soldiers from each battalion, began to prepare the aircraft for transportation in a C-17 Globemaster III. Once loaded in the C-17, the aircraft were transported to the final destination, downloaded and reassembled.

“The battalions worked well together to accomplish the mission,” said Capt. Matthew Dedmon, assistant operations officer, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment. “The Soldiers, from across the battalions, performed seamlessly.”

By completing the exercise in the prescribed time limit, the CAB confirmed its ability to meet the 25th ID commander’s intent of providing the U.S. Pacific Command commander with a flexible, tailored and scalable mission command headquarters supporting contingencies.

“We are shifting our focus to the Pacific after focusing on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since 2001,” said Maj. Mark Fulmer, 25th CAB assistant operations officer. “The United States Pacific Command area of responsibility requires a force to react quickly across vast distances while remaining flexible enough to respond to different incidents.”

Prepping a Black Hawk for transport.

Prepping a Black Hawk for transport.

The response force can respond to environmental disasters and other aggressive situations throughout the austere jungle environments and provide vast oceanic coverage that occupies more than 50 percent of the Earth’s surface.

According to Fulmer, the 25th CAB’s duty is to provide the best mission ready force that can quickly deploy an aviation task force supporting other units, services and countries.

The 25th CAB will assume its Pacific CRF role in October.

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