25th CAB partners with Air Force for exercise

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Airmen from a simulated downed Air Force aircraft board a UH-60M Black Hawk from 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Sept. 12, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The 25th CAB partnered with the 154th Wing to simulate a personnel recovery mission following a downed aircraft. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Airmen from a simulated downed Air Force aircraft board a UH-60M Black Hawk from 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Sept. 12, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The 25th CAB partnered with the 154th Wing to simulate a personnel recovery mission following a downed aircraft. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — “I will never leave a fallen comrade.”

This sentence is the final one in the Warrior Ethos instilled in every Soldier in the U.S. Army.

Its focus is never leaving someone behind on the battlefield or in a garrison environment.

A 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, UH-60 Black Hawk, prepares to land with Airmen from a simulated downed Air Force aircraft, Sept. 12, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The 25th CAB partnered with the 154th Wing as part of a training exercise, which was part of a joint operation entitled Wing Warrior Day. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

A 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, UH-60 Black Hawk, prepares to land with Airmen from a simulated downed Air Force aircraft, Sept. 12, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The 25th CAB partnered with the 154th Wing as part of a training exercise, which was part of a joint operation entitled Wing Warrior Day. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

By the same token, personnel recovery is a significant mission that keeps this philosophy in mind.

Soldiers assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, were able to hone their personnel recovery skills while assisting the airmen of 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in a joint training exercise, Sept. 12.

The exercise, entitled “Wing Warrior Day,” partnered the Air Force, 25th CAB and Marine Corps to simulate a personnel recovery, which is an effort to recover and return U.S. military personnel who are isolated, missing, detained or captured. For this particular mission, 25th CAB Soldiers were tasked with rescuing Airmen from a downed Air Force aircraft.

“This is one of the most important missions that we do. Saving our own and getting them out of harm’s way is very important to us,” said 1st Lt. Jennifer Parson, platoon leader for Charlie Company 2nd Attack Helicopter Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment, 25th CAB.

Soldiers provided area reconnaissance, area security and down aircrew extraction.
“We are in a really unique situation here in Hawaii. We have the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines,” said Maj. Grady Green, chief of Wing Weapons and Tactics, 154th Wing. “This gives us an excellent chance to learn from one another.”

Additionally, this exercise also resolved communication issues among the services, in the midst of the differences of standard operating procedures.

“This was our first joint operation, and we wanted to practice in peacetime to prepare for war,” said Maj. Mute Nash, an F-22 pilot with the 154th Wing. “This is how we find kinks in the system and fix it.”

This essential training could be the difference between life and death in a theater of war. Furthermore, when Soldiers are proficient in this task, it will lead to a high level of success.

“From the planning to the actual scenario made this training realistic,” said Parsons. “In a deployed environment, we could possibly work together.”

Currently, the 25th ID and the 154th Wing are in the planning process to consider working together on future quarterly or semiannual training.

“This partnership, relationship, team-building exercise, we compose, now in the peacetime, will be vital as we move forward to future operations,” said Green.

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