25th CAB validated for rapid deployment during CRF exercise

| November 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from 2-25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, 25th ID, prep an UH-60 Black Hawk for a joint inspection before loading it onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a CRF validation exercise, Oct. 21. (Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Leung, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviaition Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers from 2-25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, 25th ID, prep an UH-60 Black Hawk for a joint inspection before loading it onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a CRF
validation exercise, Oct. 21. (Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Leung, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviaition Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

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

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, conducted a Contingency Response Force (CRF) validation exercise, here, Oct. 21.

The Tropic Lightning Division validated 25th CAB’s ability to rapidly deploy its assets and personnel in support of contingency operations in the U.S. Army-Pacific Command area of responsibility.

“The CAB did a great job of executing all aspects of rapidly deploying,” said Maj. Jeff Huston, actions officer, future operations, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th ID.

“This exercise presented us with a better picture on how the process should be executed and allowed us to improve on any weak areas,” Huston added.

This is the second full validation exercise the CAB has completed.

CRF Team 5, comprised of elements from 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regiment, 2nd Stryker Bde. Combat Team, 25th ID; the Division Assessment Team, Assault Command Post, HHBN; and the division staff, supported the CAB during the exercise.

To obtain validation, the CAB was measured on its ability to perform equipment load-out, aircraft deployment, container transportation and personnel manifestation.

Prior to departure, a “push” team prepped each aircraft for a joint inspection before loading them into a C-17 Globemaster III.

“The team did an awesome job of prepping each aircraft,” said Staff Sgt. Lyndale Knight, push team leader, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regt., 25th CAB.

“Soldiers from all battalions worked as one to complete the CRF mission,” Knight added.

The exercise strengthened the CAB’s ability to rapidly deploy. It also providia tool to train the next CAB Aviation Task Force to assume the Pacific CRF role.

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