2-25th Avn. executes new tables of aviation gunnery

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
BRADSHAW ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii – Three UH-60M helicopter depart Bradshaw Army Airfield for redeployment back to Oahu, Aug. 29.

Three UH-60M helicopter depart Bradshaw Army Airfield for redeployment back to Oahu, Aug. 29.

2nd Lt. Alycia Craven
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

BRADSHAW ARMY AIR FIELD — During the first half of September, the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, conducted multiple ground and air ranges during its annual training exercise at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island.

During the annual training exercise at PTA, 2-25th Avn. Regt. qualified dozens of Soldiers on a multitude of weapon systems.

“The primary focus of PTA was to execute the new tables of aviation gunnery,” explained 1st Lt. Jeffrey Turner, 2-25th operations officer. “The new tables are essentially scenarios in which aircrews engage targets through different modes of flight to provide realistic engagements to both the crew chiefs and door gunners.”

The battalion executed the six warfighting functions, with the primary focus being mission command, protection, and movement and maneuver, said Turner.

BRADSHAW ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii — 2-25 Aviation Regiment Aircrew conducts a personnel recovery lane, Aug. 22.

2-25 Aviation Regiment Aircrew conducts a personnel recovery lane, Aug. 22.

PTA is the only training area in the state of Hawaii that is large enough to offer an aviation unit the safe air maneuver space required to conduct aerial gunnery. This training requires leaders to synchronize multiple functions in order to be successful.

During the PTA rotation, 1st Lt. Jim Castan, flight platoon leader, Company A, served as air mission commander, officer in charge and range safety officer for multiple aerial gunnery ranges. It was Castan’s job to ensure safety was enforced, standards were followed and the mission was accomplished.

“I was responsible for executing the commander’s intent, while ensuring the safety of the crews and aircraft,” Castan said.

Evolving weather conditions forced the battalion to stay adaptive.

“We had multiple changes ranging from weather to mission changes and broken aircraft. All these obstacles tested our air mission commanders, leaders and pilots, which validated our readiness to deploy whenever necessary,” said Castan.

“This rotation postures us for future combat training events, such as Lighting Forge, and combat training centers, such as the National Training Center in California,” added Turner.

The 2-25th’s training at PTA was halted three days early due to inbound hurricanes Ignacio and Jimena. Almost a day after pushing out the decision to return the aircraft back to the safety of Wheeler Army Airfield’s hangars, more than 200 Soldiers, dozens of aircraft and thousands of pounds of equipment were transported back to Oahu.

“The execution of the emergency redeployment, due to the two hurricanes that had the potential to hit the Big Island of Hawaii, validated our ability to be agile and showcased our adaptability,” Turner said

BRADSHAW ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii – 2-25 Aviation Regiment Crew Chiefs observe pre-flight procedures prior to redeployment to Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug. 29.

2-25 Aviation Regiment Crew Chiefs observe pre-flight procedures prior to redeployment to Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug. 29.

2-25th Avn. Regt. resumed normal operations and continues to prepare itself for the contingency response force mission in the Pacific.

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