2-6 Cav flies on despite deployment

| May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
1st Lt. Adam Fulling, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division Two OH-58 Kiowa Warriors return to the Makua Military Reservation after conducting simulated overwater operations as part of a rapid deployment exercise, April 29.  The training tested 2-6th Cav.’s ability to rapidly deploy to an unimproved operating area where they maintained command and control over aviation operations.


Two OH-58 Kiowa Warriors return to the Makua Military Reservation after conducting simulated overwater operations as part of a rapid deployment exercise, April 29. The training tested 2-6th Cav.’s ability to rapidly deploy to an unimproved operating area where they maintained command and control over aviation operations.

Story by Capt. Richard Barker
Photos by 1st Lt. Adam Fulling, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

MAKUA MILITARY RESERVATION — With two full aviation companies currently away training at the National Training Center in California, the remaining Soldiers and air crews of 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, spent last week in the field-testing the limits of their remaining aviation assets during an emergency response exercise.

The training tested the fragmented regiment’s ability to rapidly deploy to an unimproved operating area, located here, where they maintained command and control over aviation operations, to include fully arming and fueling aircraft and conducting simulated overwater search and destroy missions.

“We are working on our ability to conduct a rapid deployment from a C-17,” said 1st Lt. Adam Fulling, battle captain. “While overwater gunnery was our main mission, we also incorporated conducting mission command from a tactical assembly area.”

Rather than move to the field by any means available, establishing the tactical assembly area was conducted using a realistic training scenario.

The training started with loading OH-58 Kiowa Warriors, personnel and equipment into C-17s, which flew across the Hawaiian Islands to a new airstrip. From there, the regiment offloaded from the C-17s for movement to, and the establishment of, a fully capable tactical assembly area.

“This affords us the opportunity to do things that have not been done before,” said Capt. Nick Tsamoutales, assistant operations officer. “We were able to conduct attack mission planning and execution at the troop and squadron level.”

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Deploying to an open field, instead of established facilities Soldiers may have grown accustomed to in Iraq and Afghanistan, allowed them to learn valuable lessons they would not have otherwise.

“Soldiers learned the basics of how to survive in a field environment,” said Tsamoutales.

Examples provided were learning what equipment to bring along in order to brush teeth, take a shower and shave in the field.

“Some Soldiers learned the hard way the importance of bringing their own shaving mirror,” said Tasmoutales.

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