‘Raiders’ conduct pathfinder operations

| November 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Capt. David Carl, commander,  Troop C, 3-4th Cav., Regt. “Raiders,” 3rd BCT, 25th ID, repels into KTA to begin Pathfinder operations, Nov. 9.

Capt. David Carl, commander, Troop C, 3-4th Cav., Regt. “Raiders,” 3rd BCT, 25th ID, repels into KTA to begin Pathfinder operations, Nov. 9.

Story and photos by Spc. Patrick Kirby
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

KAHUKU TRAINING AREA — Soldiers from Comanche Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, “Raiders,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, recently began integrating Pathfinder operations into their training regimen during an exercise, here.

The Raiders’ main operations include long-range reconnaissance and surveillance through many means of insertion, including helocasts and repelling.

Now, with the addition of Pathfinder operations, they can better assist the 3rd BCT.

“I think our Pathfinder training went very well and was very educational,” said Spc. Jordan Fisher, infantryman, 1st Platoon, Troop C. “I feel like I am more prepared for if I go to Pathfinder in the future.”

The Soldiers began their training event with repelling into KTA from Wheeler Army Airfield.

Staff Sgt. Joseph Moore (right), infantryman, Comanche Troop, 3-4th Cav. Regt., goes over the plan for the day of training at Kahuku Training Area, Nov. 9. Moore was one of the repel and sling load instructors.

Staff Sgt. Joseph Moore (right), infantryman, Comanche Troop, 3-4th Cav. Regt., goes over the plan for the day of training at Kahuku Training Area, Nov. 9. Moore was one of the repel and sling load instructors.

“We got a lot of practice throughout the week on how to set up sling load, the proper link counts and all the steps to rig the loads up for flight,” Fisher said. “We also got a good class from Staff Sgt. Joseph Moore on how to properly hook up the loads to all the different types of helicopters the U.S. Army has and how much each can carry.”

The training went smoothly because of the classes, Fisher said.

“We were also able to get some good practice on how to properly give hand and arm signals to the pilots,” he continued.

The class was focused mostly on the basics of being a Pathfinder, surveying and selecting a helicopter landing zone and preparing it for landing or dropping of equipment.

When it came to rigging the loads, getting them ready to be a sling load, everyone pitched in and did their share.

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After the rigging was done, the birds lifted up and got in place for the sling team to do their work. One trooper guided the Chinook into place, while two others went underneath to attach the load.

The troop is beginning to send more and more Soldiers to Pathfinder school, with hopes to make all teams have at least one or two Pathfinder qualified leaders.

Currently, the troop is sitting at 68 percent air assault qualified and are trying to get to reach the 80-90 percent range.

(Editor’s note: Kirby is an infantryman and unit public affairs representative with the 3-4th Cav.)

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