2-6th Cavalry Squadron holds sunset, uncasing ceremony

| October 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
The 2nd Squadron, 6th Calvary Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade’s OH-58D, Kiowa Warrior, receiving a Hawaiian Kahu Blessing after being officially donated to the Pacific Aviation Museum, Oct. 15. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett)

The 2nd Squadron, 6th Calvary Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade’s OH-58D, Kiowa Warrior, receiving a Hawaiian Kahu Blessing after being officially donated to the Pacific Aviation Museum, Oct. 15. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett)

Capt. Heba Bullock
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The Pacific Aviation Museum hosted a Sunset/Uncasing Ceremony in honor of the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade’s successful nine-month deployment to the Republic of Korea, Oct 15.

The unit uncased its squadron’s colors, signifying the successful completion of the deployment and the return of the unit, officially ending the deployment.

The ceremony was held in front of a historical OH-58D “Kiowa Warrior” helicopter that was donated to the museum by the squadron, as the aircraft is transitioning out of active military service in the U.S. Army.

The Kiowa received a Hawaiian blessing, Kahu, as part of tradition of aircraft hanging in the hollowed land.

Lt. Col. Aaron Martin, 2-6th Cavalry Squadron Commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gonzalez, 2-6th Cavalry Squadron Command Sergeant Major, uncase the Squadron’s colors at the Sunset/Uncasing Ceremony, signifying the end of their 9 month deployment to the Republic of Korea, Oct. 15.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett)

Lt. Col. Aaron Martin, 2-6th Cavalry Squadron Commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gonzalez, 2-6th Cavalry Squadron Command Sergeant Major, uncase the Squadron’s colors at the Sunset/Uncasing Ceremony, signifying the end of their 9 month deployment to the Republic of Korea, Oct. 15. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett)

“This ceremony is a monumental day in the Lightning Horse Squadron’s history,” stated Lt. Col. Aaron Martin, 2-6th Cavalry squadron commander, “Eight days ago, we cased our colors completing our nine-month deployment in support of 2nd Infantry Division and the Republic of Korea. This was 2-6th Cav.’s final mission with the Kiowa Warrior.”

Lt. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield, U.S. Pacific Command deputy commander, spoke not only to the history and strength of the aircraft, but also the spirit of the Calvary aviators.

“Kiowa Warriors have flown over 2 million flight hours since being fielded in the Army,” he said, “Units like 2-6th Cavalry with Cavalry spirit – brave, warrior-spirited aviators, just like their aircraft’s namesake – always support the ground force in every way possible.”

The ceremony not only celebrated the retirement of the aircraft and the return of the unit, it also celebrated aviators past and present who have made sacrifices and paved the way for the Army Aviation community.

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