3-25th Avn. conducts first overwater hoist training

| February 6, 2015 | 2 Comments
Sgt. Schuyler Barnhart, 3-25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB, is pulled aboard an HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter during an overwater live-hoist training exercise at Kaneohe Bay on Jan. 28. The exercise was the first of its kind for a 25th ID unit and ensures that the 3-25th Aviation Regt. has the training to rescue fellow Soldiers should an aircraft go down over an open body of water. (Photo by Capt. Heba Bullock, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Schuyler Barnhart, 3-25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB, is pulled aboard an HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter during an overwater live-hoist training exercise at Kaneohe Bay on Jan. 28. The exercise was the first of its kind for a 25th ID unit and ensures that the 3-25th Aviation Regt. has the training to rescue fellow Soldiers should an aircraft go down over an open body of water. (Photo by Capt. Heba Bullock, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Sean Everette
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — In and over the water of Kaneohe Bay, the men and women of 25th Combat Aviation Brigade made 25th Infantry Division history Jan. 28 and 29.

On those days, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, conducted live overwater hoist training, using an HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter to lift service members from the water in an aircraft crash and survival scenario.

The HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter hoist operator looks out onto Kaneohe Bay, where Soldiers from Charlie Co., 3-25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB wait to be lifted out of the water as part of their overwater live-hoist training. (Photo by Capt. Heba Bullock, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

The HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter hoist operator looks out onto Kaneohe Bay, where Soldiers from Charlie Co., 3-25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB wait to be lifted out of the water as part of their overwater live-hoist training. (Photo by Capt. Heba Bullock, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

“It’s the first time we’ve done this,” said Capt. Garrett Kuipers, 4th Forward Support MEDEVAC Platoon section leader. “It’s very important we’re out here today. If one of our aircraft goes down, we now have the ability to come in and extract that aircrew. It’s making sure that we can get our battle buddies out and keep them safe.”

Given that 3-25th’s, and the 25th ID’s, area of responsibility covers the entire Pacific region, it will be a huge benefit to the Army’s mission, here, to have units that know how to perform this kind of rescue operation.

“While we have Coast Guard and Navy assets, here, in Hawaii, when we’re operating in an expeditionary environment in other countries, like during Pacific Pathways, we don’t always have that ability. What this training will provide is the ability for the Army and our aircrews within 25th CAB to extract personnel out of the water from a downed aircraft or in some sort of emergency situation.”

A Soldier from Charlie Co., 3-25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB, is hoisted from Kaneohe Bay into a HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter during the overwater live-hoist training, Jan. 28. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Everette, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

A Soldier from Charlie Co., 3-25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB, is hoisted from Kaneohe Bay into a HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter during the overwater live-hoist training, Jan. 28. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Everette, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

The Aviation Water Egress Trainers at 3-25th have been working with CAB Soldiers on these skills, but it has always been in the pool. Now the AWETs and Soldiers can see how that training has paid off.

“We’re actually putting that pool training to the test to see if they actually learned something,” said Spc. Billy Taylor, a 3-25th crew chief and AWET instructor. “It’s important because you never known what’s going to happen.

“At any point in time,” he continued, “we could be flying over water and something happens and the aircraft goes down. If we’re flying a shift of two, the aircraft behind them already knows what to do. So, training something like this, it’s new. It’s important to us, Charlie Company and the Army.”

Spc. Billy Taylor (center, right), 3-25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB AWET instructor, takes part in an overwater live-hoist training exercise at Kaneohe Bay on Jan. 28. With him, from left, are 1st Lt. Alex Davila, Spc. Ross Phillips and Sgt. Schuyler Barnhart, also from the 3-25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB. The training was the first of its kind for a 25th ID unit. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Everette, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Spc. Billy Taylor (center, right), 3-25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB AWET instructor, takes part in an overwater live-hoist training exercise at Kaneohe Bay on Jan. 28. With him, from left, are 1st Lt. Alex Davila, Spc. Ross Phillips and Sgt. Schuyler Barnhart, also from the 3-25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB. The training was the first of its kind for a 25th ID unit. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Everette, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

 

1st Lt. Alex Davila, 3-25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB, jumps into Kaneohe Bay as part of an overwater live-hoist training exercise on Jan. 28. The exercise prepares Soldiers in the event that their aircraft goes down over an open body of water, and trains them to rescue Soldiers who have bailed into an open body of water after their aircraft has gone down. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Everette, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

1st Lt. Alex Davila, 3-25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB, jumps into Kaneohe Bay as part of an overwater live-hoist training exercise on Jan. 28. The exercise prepares Soldiers in the event that their aircraft goes down over an open body of water, and trains them to rescue Soldiers who have bailed into an open body of water after their aircraft has gone down. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Everette, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

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  1. Michelle Coccoli says:

    So very proud of my son, 1st Lt. Alex Davila and all the soldiers who took part in this exercise. Well done!

  2. Tony and Sonya Davila says:

    Congratulations Alex, our son, and Charlie Med at 3-25 Cab for their first ever open water hoist training with great success. We are proud of you all!

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