Fort Carson AH-64 pilots prep for HI missions during RIMPAC

| July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Soldier is immersed in a pool, strapped into a chair.

25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Kaneohe Bay — Soldiers with 25th CAB, 25th ID, participate in underwater survival training, June 13, to prepare pilots for appropriate reactions in escaping an aircraft in water.

Sgt. Jessica DuVernay
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — AH-64E Apache Guardian pilots from 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, spent the past three weeks conducting in-depth training in preparation for flying in Hawaii.
Training focused on safety and Hawaii airspace laws in preparation for the Apache unit’s first exercise where it is scheduled to participate with the U.S. Navy in Rim of the Pacific 2014.

Three Apache helicopters lifting off from Wheeler Army Airfield with a Kiowa helicopter guide

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — AH-64E Apache Guardians from 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, are led on a local area orientation flight, here, June 26, by an OH-58D Kiowa from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th CAB, 25th ID. The flights are to help the AH-64E pilots to familiarize themselves with the approved FAA routes while stationed here.

“Since we are out of Fort Carson, Colo., we are used to high altitude and mountainous environments,” said Capt. Nathan Peper, commander, Company A, 1-25th Avn. Regt. “So, from there, we had to prep for Hawaii with academics and the simulator preparing us to be at lower elevations and altitudes, along with maritime operations and operating at sea level.”
One aspect of the pilots’ training was learning to safely exit an aircraft that has landed in water by using the modular amphibious egress trainer on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
“We start in the shallow end to get them used to the shock of breathing upside down in the water. It’s probably one of the hardest things someone could do in their life,” said Chad Margo, site manager of the Helo Dunker on MCBH. “It is very unnatural. It’s more of a survival skill, in case they do go down. It gives them the tools they need to escape.”
In the event of an emergency, the pilots are taught to stay calm in order to quickly and effectively escape from an aircraft downed in water.

Dunk tank going under with pilot and trainer

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, KANEOHE — Soldiers with 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, participate in underwater survival training, here, June 13, to prepare pilots for appropriate reactions to a downed aircraft in water and how to escape from the aircraft.

“This training is important because we are learning what to do in case of an accident,” said 1st Lt. Amber Robertson, 25th CAB.  “This training teaches us how to keep our wits and how to use the special equipment and how to exit the helicopter in a safe manner. It also gives us confidence so that we don’t panic during a situation.”
Along with over and underwater training, pilots also participated in local area orientation flights to learn appropriate airspace routes.
Before flying their own aircraft, the Apache pilots flew as passengers in Black Hawks and  Kiowas to familiarize themselves with proper flight routes. The pilots then flew their Apaches, escorted by experienced Kiowa pilots from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regt., 25th CAB, to finalize their local area orientation training.
While the unit is here, it will take advantage of training events it would normally not participate in due to its geographical location, like deck landing qualifications and gunnery, said Peper.
“We are also going to work on some deck landing qualifications and some gunnery as well,” explained Peper. “We are really excited to be here, to be a part of the CAB and part of 25th ID, and this is a great opportunity to train.”


Army at RIMPAC

The Army will provide the following support during RIMPAC.
•3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, will conduct air assault missions to Barking Sands on Kauai to test its ability to rapidly deploy and employ firepower.
•2nd Stryker Bde. Combat Team will integrate with ships and perform deck landings.
•25th Combat Aviation Bde., 3rd BCT and 8th Theater Sustainment Command will participate in a vertical lift with a CH-47 Chinook, in an exercise with emphasis on HH-60 medevac Black Hawk support of simulated civilian injuries, and in AH-64E Apache Guardian deck landing qualifications.
•163rd Transportation Detachment, 524th Combat Sust. Support Bn., 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, will support long-range escort and harbor approach operations with the Navy aboard the Army’s Logistics Support Vessel LSV2 Chief Warrant Officer 3 Harold C. Clinger. LSV2 Clinger will partner with 25th CAB for a casualty evacuation and vertical trans-load, and support the 3rd Marines by conducting eight surface lifts between Kaneohe Bay and Kawaihae Harbor. LSV2 Clinger will also be involved in logistics over the shore (LOTS) operations, during which the 545th Harbormaster Det., also under the 524th CSSB, will provide command and control during LOTS operations.
•Tripler Army Medical is an active participant in RIMPAC 2014 exercises. Its participation will enable doctors, nurses and clinical support staff to train and practice in emergency response situations. For example, helicopters from Pearl Harbor will exercise and practice transport of patients through the Moanalua Community Area, to and from TAMC and Pearl  Harbor. Direct questions about aircraft noise to U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs at 656-3487.

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