Comanche Troop, 3-4th Cav., conducts helocast training

| April 24, 2015 | 3 Comments
Troopers from 3-4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, exit a Chinook into rough seas off  Windward Oahu during a helocast certification at Bellows Air Force Training Area, April 14.

Troopers from 3-4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, exit a Chinook into rough seas off Windward Oahu during a helocast certification at Bellows Air Force Training Area, April 14.

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division


BELLOWS AIR FORCE TRAINING AREA — Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducted helocast training off the coast, here, April 14.

“This training is to recertify our cast masters and to certify the entire troop in one of our waterborne infiltration techniques,” said 1st Lt. Allen Moss, platoon leader, Troop C, (Comanche Troop), 3-4th Cav. Regt.

In order to be able to do the certification, the Soldiers completed a few tasks in order to prove they were able to handle being in the water, continued Moss.

Troopers had to pass the basic combat water survival test, a 250-meter swim and 15 minutes of treading water.

For most helocast insertions, the aircraft assumes an altitude just above the water’s surface, with an airspeed of 10 knots (11-12 mph) or less. Team members then exit the aircraft and enter the water.

Swimming in the water can be tough, but on this day, the wind and water made it harder, giving even the experienced swimmers a hard time.

“I was struggling out there today with the waves; these were the biggest ones I have had to swim through,” said Spc. Ryan Danielian, Troop C.

High fives in high surf.

High fives in high surf.

Comanche Troop’s mission is unique because it is the only light reconnaissance troop in Hawaii. This creates atypical training opportunities for the troop in air, water and land reconnaissance skill sets. This also creates opportunity for the troop to train with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, Lightning Academy and sister services on the island.

“Most people who do this are Special Forces, the Ranger battalions, Navy SEALs and Force Recon from the Marines, so for us to be able to do this is quite an accomplishment,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Deagle, castmaster, Troop C.

Through the wind and the waves, at the end of the day Comanche Troop certified 64 Soldiers, including nine castmasters being recertified.

Helocasting is usually used by small units and Special Operations to insert forces into a military operation when the only insertion point is by water.

“This capability is unique to C Troop, and I am confident that our troopers are ready to respond whenever they are called upon,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Mark, commander, 3-4th Cav. Regt.

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  1. carlos chavarria says:

    Cool stuff guys. We cross trained with Aussies on UH-1H rappelling and STABO techniques, but never got to go for a swim. We also had the benefit of a RECONDO/SERE school at Schofield in the mid 70’s. I heard they may be bringing back RECONDO. Is that true?

  2. Patrick Kirby says:

    How can I get a copy of this paper for our units office? We asked around but no-one has a copy of it, and we’d like to frame the cover.
    Much appreciation,

    • haw says:

      Hello, Patrick — Apologies, our WordPress was down. Please come to Public Affairs, Bldg. 107, 2nd Floor, right, 745 Wright Ave., on Wheeler. Call (808) 656-3155.

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