ANG C-17 gives speed to 25th CAB deployments

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
The 204th Airlift Squadron, 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, landed a C-17 Globemaster on Wheeler Army Airfield, March 8, and trained with Soldiers from 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, on how to properly load and unload a UH-60 Black Hawk as cargo. This training is to increase speed and efficiency when deploying small task forces. (Capt. Richard Barker, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

The 204th Airlift Squadron, 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, landed a C-17 Globemaster on Wheeler Army Airfield, March 8, and trained with Soldiers from 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, on how to properly load and unload a UH-60 Black Hawk as cargo. This training is to increase speed and efficiency when deploying small task forces. (Capt. Richard Barker, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Story and photos by Capt. Richard Barker, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The Hawaii Air National Guard landed a C-17 Globemaster, here, to train Soldiers in the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade on loading UH-60 Black Hawks onto the aircraft, March 8.

The training is a part of the 25th CAB’s effort to increase speed and proficiency in deploying small task forces, which would provide ground support to troops throughout the Pacific Region during missions ranging from enemy interdiction to emergency resupply.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, practice loading up their UH-60 Black Hawk onto a C-17 Globemaster with the 204th Airlift Squadron, 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, at Wheeler Army Airfield, March 8. This training is to increase speed and efficiency when deploying small task forces. (Photo by Capt. Richard Barker, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, practice loading up their UH-60 Black Hawk onto a C-17 Globemaster with the 204th Airlift Squadron, 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, at Wheeler Army Airfield, March 8. This training is to increase speed and efficiency when deploying small task forces. (Photo by Capt. Richard Barker, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

The 25th CAB loaded two UH-60 Black Hawks into the 140 ton aircraft. Units from across the 25th CAB participated in the training.

The 2nd and 3rd Battalions with the 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB, each loaded an aircraft with logistics support from the 209th Aviation Support Battalion and operational support from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th CAB.

The training exercise tested the capabilities of multiple Hawaii-based units, to include Soldiers with the 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a Hawaii Army National Guard unit, as well as the 25th CAB.

“We helped out with joint inspections and the preparation for putting the helicopters on the aircraft,” said Capt. Wayne Anno, assistant brigade fire support officer, 5th BCD, 29th IBCT.

Anno explained the 5th BCD works as a liaison, which coordinates support between Army and Air Force units in Hawaii.

The 204th Airlift Squadron, 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, landed a C-17 Globemaster on Wheeler Army Airfield, March 8, and trained with Soldiers from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, on how to properly load and unload two UH-60 Black Hawks as cargo. The training tested the unit’s ability to increase speed and efficiency when deploying small task forces throughout the Pacific. (Photo by Capt. Richard Barker, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

The 204th Airlift Squadron, 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, landed a C-17 Globemaster on Wheeler Army Airfield, March 8, and trained with Soldiers from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, on how to properly load and unload two UH-60 Black Hawks as cargo. The training tested the unit’s ability to increase speed and efficiency when deploying small task forces throughout the Pacific. (Photo by Capt. Richard Barker, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

The C-17 landing, here, marks the second time an aircraft of its size has landed on Wheeler since 2006. The first landing was on Dec. 6, 2013, when a C-17 landed to support a training exercise simulating the deployment of 25th Infantry Division Soldiers and equipment.

The aircraft was piloted by Lt. Col. Michael Guerrera, with the 204th Airlift Squadron, 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, who explained the mutual benefits of contributing to the training.

“We get a chance to practice loading with equipment that gives our load masters a chance to practice their skill sets,” said Guerrera. “This is equipment that we don’t have to work with at Hickam.”

The training is a portion of the 3-25th Aviation’s Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, which tests the unit’s ability to quickly deploy an aviation task force in the event aviation support is needed in the Pacific region.

“What we are experiencing here is an opportunity to codify and build proficiency in the brigade, as well as multiple service interoperability,” said Lt. Col. Hunter Marshall, commander of 3-25th Aviation. “We are validating our joint capability, which provides a more rapid response both in our movement, as well as employment at critical times and locations in the Pacific.”

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