2-25th Avn. Regt. ‘recovers’ aircraft

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Christopher Rouse (right) assists 1st Lt. Andre Watkins-Clark across a stream during personnel recovery lane training, Oct. 16. Both are with 2-25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, 25th ID. (Photo by 1st Lt. Crystal Karp, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment Public Affairs, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Christopher Rouse (right) assists 1st Lt. Andre Watkins-Clark across a stream during personnel recovery lane training, Oct. 16. Both are with 2-25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, 25th ID. (Photo by 1st Lt. Crystal Karp, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment Public Affairs, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Flight crews from 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, conducted a personnel recovery exercise, here, Oct. 16, to train the procedures used when recovering a downed aircraft in a hostile environment.

“The (personnel recovery) lane was an excellent training exercise for the unit,” said 1st. Lt. Andre Watkins-Clark, 2-25th Avn. Regt.

“It was great to get refreshed on the use of the survival radio and tactical evasion techniques,” Watkins-Clark added.

During the exercise, aircrews practiced removing and destroying sensitive data from the aircraft and operating a locator radio to contact the Joint Search and Rescue Center (JSRC) for extraction.

“Using the (radio) to contact the JSRC is something we only get to practice when we are evading,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Zachary Wilkerson, 2-25th Avn. Regt.

As the crews attempted to contact the JSRC, they also had to evade opposing forces while interacting with passengers onboard the aircraft and advancing to a rally point for evacuation.

An ambushed using artillery and .50 caliber machine gun simulators provided a realistic aspect to the training.

“Using the simulators were very effective tools for the Soldiers to react to,” Wilkerson said. “The opposing force allowed us the opportunity to make mistakes and change the scene around to interact in different situations.”

After reacting to a second ambush, the crews treated their wounded, contacted the rescue aircraft, and were identified by Pathfinders for evacuation.

(Editor’s note: 1st Lt. Crystal Karp, unit public affairs representative, 2-25th Avn. Regt., co-authored this story.)

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