Air Cav qualify at PTA

| October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, load a simulated casualty onto a UH-60 medevac Black Hawk assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, during convoy live-fire training, recently.Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, load a simulated casualty onto a UH-60 medevac Black Hawk assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, during convoy live-fire training.

2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment Soldiers  load a simulated casualty onto a UH-60 medevac Black Hawk assigned to Co. C, 3rd Bn., 25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, during convoy live-fire training.

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

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Soldiers and pilots from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, recently conducted training to increase skills and confidence within the squadron.

They also established a relationship with units from Schofield Barracks to operate efficiently as the Pacific Contingency Response Force (CRF) Task Force.

“The training has been going great,” said Maj. Matthew Scher, operations officer, 2-6th Cav. Regt., 25th CAB.

Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, attach sling-load equipment to a simulated downed OH-58D Kiowa Warrior during Downed Aircraft Recovery Team training, here, Sept. 26.

Troopers attach sling-load equipment to a simulated downed OH-58D Kiowa Warrior during downed aircraft recovery team training.

“All Soldiers assuming CRF in October and all of 2-6 Cav. were trained during this rotation,” Scher said. “It is imperative we maximize our efficiency now to provide the max capabilities with the smallest force to protect the Pacific.”

The training ranged from small-arms ranges to aerial gunneries with forward arming and refueling point, downed aircraft recovery team and convoy live-fire operations.

“OH-58D pilots provided convoy security, route reconnaissance and close-combat attack support during the convoy live-fire training and completed their aerial gunnery at the same time,” Scher said.

The 2-6th Cav. Regt. also integrated units from Schofield Barracks into the training to familiarize its Soldiers with how the other units operate in the CRF.

“By training with other units now, we were able to build a working relationship with the ground Soldiers calling for support,” said Scher. “This put us in a good position to operate effectively as a whole CRF Task Force.”

The Kiowa Warriors also worked with fire support teams from 2nd Battalion, 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th ID as well as Soldiers from 2nd Bn., 11th Field Artillery Regt., 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID to mark targets and coordinate for air support.

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, attach sling-load equipment to a simulated downed OH-58D Kiowa Warrior during Downed Aircraft Recovery Team training, here, Sept. 26. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Troopers prepare a sling for recovering a Kiowa Scout.

“We served as an observer role in the 2-6 Cav. gunnery by identifying and walking them onto targets,” said Capt. Bryan Painter, fire support officer, Company B, 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, who coordinated with CAB elements during target identification for the OH-58Ds.

“This gave my younger Soldiers the opportunity to develop and hone their proficiency with controlling CCA (close combat attack),” Painter explained. “I have seen an exponential increase in knowledge and experience in controlling close combat attack with my Soldiers.”

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tobias Long, aviation tactical operations officer, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, heads out to conduct a landing-zone reconnaissance flight in an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior assigned to 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th CAB, here, Sept. 19.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tobias Long, aviation tactical operations officer, 25th CAB, heads out to conduct a landing-zone reconnaissance flight in an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior assigned to 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th CAB, here, Sept. 19.

“Working directly with the aircraft was a great experience and opportunity that benefited the training,” added Pvt. Tyler Blanchard, Co. B, 2-35th Inf. Regt.’s newest Soldier.

Following training, 2-6th Cav. Regt. earned validation as mission command for the overall task force.

 

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