3-25th Avn., 3-7th FA partner with Royal New Zealanders

| October 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
3-7th Field Artillery Regiment and Royal New Zealand Artillery firing teams remove a M119A2 Howitzer from B Company, 3-25th Aviation Regiment CH-47 during the live-fire gun raid at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. (Photo by 1st Lt. Samantha Jewell, 3-25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade)

3-7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and Royal New Zealand Artillery firing teams remove a M119A2 Howitzer from a B Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regt., 25th Combat Avn. Bde., CH-47 during the live-fire gun raid at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. (Photo by 1st Lt. Samantha Jewell, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

1st Lt. Samantha Jewell
3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment
25th Combat Aviation Brigade
25th Infantry Division

BRADSHAW ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii — The 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, conducted a live-fire gun raid air assault with 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, as both partnered with the Royal New Zealand Artillery at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), here, last month.

The air assault consisted of three CH-47 Chinook and two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters air assaulting two M119A2 Howitzers with gun teams.

“This was the first time we executed a live-fire gun raid with Soldiers from New Zealand,” said 3-25th Avn. Regt.’s executive officer, Maj. Justin Mullins. “Our aircrews trained with 3-7th FA and the Royal New Zealand Artillery Soldiers for three days prior to the air assault, setting conditions for an overwhelmingly successful operation. They conducted cold load training and sling load operations with the M119A2 Howitzer, culminating in the two gun raid to PTA.”

3-25th supported the train up and execution of the gun raid over the course of three days with multiple trips to PTA.

Aircrews from B Company, 3-25th Aviation Regiment conduct a dust landing into Firing Point 435 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, during a live-fire fun raid. (Photo by 1st Lt. Samantha Jewell, 3-25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB)

Aircrews from B Company, 3-25th Avn. Regt. conduct a dust landing into Firing Point 435 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, during a live-fire fun raid. (Photo by 1st Lt. Samantha Jewell, 3-25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB, 25th ID)

The aircrew’s criteria for an air assault is landing within 30 seconds of time on target. In September, Company B, 3-25th Avn. Regt. Chinook helicopters departed Wheeler Army Airfield on Oahu and landed at PTA on the Big Island within three seconds of the time on target.

Once on the ground at firing point 435, the firing teams exited the aircraft, set up their respective howitzers, and fired four rounds each, all within a span of approximately 10 minutes.

“This mission was an overall success with 3-7th FA and Royal New Zealand Artillery Soldiers,” said 3-25th Avn. Regt. battalion commander Lt. Col. Andrew Graham. “Our crewmembers’ abilities to execute an interisland live-fire gun raid to high standards is what we strive for during our daily operations. We look forward to conducting future operations with 3-7th FA and their Royal New Zealand Artillery counterparts.”

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