209th ASB ‘darts’ to recover joint-service aircraft

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
Capt. Christopher Golab, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade   Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion owned by the 463rd Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron lifts a Sikorsky SH-60  Seahawk, owned by 209th Aviation Support Battalion, while using the 3rd Combat Logistics Battalion sling set during a Joint DARTEX on at Bellows Air Force Station, Jul 30.

Photos by Capt. Christopher Golab, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade
A Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion owned by the 463rd Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron lifts a Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk, owned by 209th Aviation Support Battalion, while using the 3rd Combat Logistics Battalion sling set during a Joint DARTEX on at Bellows Air Force Station, Jul 30.

 

1st Lt. Alexander K. Lee
209th Aviation Support Battalion,
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

BELLOWS AIR FORCE STATION — Soldiers of Bravo Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, conducted a joint downed aircraft recovery team (DART) exercise to train, validate and enhance their capabilities, Jul 29-30.

During the weeklong training, Co. B leaders taught classes on joint-recovery procedures and covered the proper techniques for handling Army, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard aircraft equipment. Hands-on demonstrations of recovery equipment use included sling-load rigging classes on the Wheeler Army Airfield flight line. During sling-load classes, the teams trained on the Unit Maintenance Aerial Recovery Kit and the Belly Band System.

Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion lifts a Sikorsky SH-60  Seahawk,

Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion lifts a Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk,

Once the training was completed, teams transitioned into the execution phase of the exercise. During this phase, the team’s officer in charge received information on the location of an aircraft, the enemy situation, and the need of medical evacuation of personnel on ground.

Teams were assessed on battle damage assessment and repair, security operations, command and control, and posturing the downed aircraft for extraction. Once on ground, teams used the skills learned to secure the area, call for medical evacuation and sling the downed aircraft to the supporting helicopter.

“The joint DART exercise is definitely a unique experience for our 25th CAB Soldiers,” said Capt. Christopher Golab, lead exercise planner. “It broadens their knowledge and skill set to learn the other capabilities of other services and enhances combat power for every aircraft recovery team across a broad spectrum of DOD elements stationed on Oahu.”

Bravo Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion's Downed Aircraft Recovery Team connects a Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk to a Chinook CH-47 owned by 3-25 General Support Aviation Battalion while using a Unit Maintenance Aerial Recovery Kit (UMARK) during the Joint Downed Aircraft Recovery Team Exercise at Bellows Air Force Base, July 30.

Bravo Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion’s Downed Aircraft Recovery Team connects a Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk to a Chinook CH-47 owned by 3-25 General Support Aviation Battalion while using a Unit Maintenance Aerial Recovery Kit (UMARK) during the Joint Downed Aircraft Recovery Team Exercise at Bellows Air Force Base, July 30.

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