Apaches arrive to partner with 25th CAB

| January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Aircrews from 16th CAB and their AH-64E Apache Guardians fly in formation on their way to Wheeler Army Airfield to train with 2-6th Cav., 25th CAB, Jan. 6. During their training rotation, the crews and airframes will be used in multiple exercises, including Lighting Forge.

Aircrews from 16th CAB and their AH-64E Apache Guardians fly in formation on their way to Wheeler Army Airfield to train with 2-6th Cav., 25th CAB, Jan. 6. During their training rotation, the crews and airframes will be used in multiple exercises, including Lighting Forge.

 

Story and photos by Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIR FIELD — The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, has welcomed aircrews of the 16th CAB, 7th ID, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Their arrival from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, along with their AH-64 Apaches, marks the start of a six-month training partnership between the 25th and 7th ID’s CABs.

“There will be 61 total personnel associated with the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion’s Bravo and Delta companies,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kennamer Yates, tactical operations officer, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment. “The ‘Killer Spades’ will be here for six months total, with a personnel rotation expected in March. The Killer Spades are going to fill the void of attack/reconnaissance coverage for the 25th ID following the divestment of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.”

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With 2-6th Cav’s retirement of the Kiowas, the Apaches will become a vital asset for the CAB and division, said Capt. Franklin Worsham, fire support officer, 2-6th Cav.

“The AH-64 will be the only organic aerial attack platform to 25th ID,” Worsham said. “The capabilities the AH-64 will give the division are virtually endless.”

The team from 16th CAB will be providing support to help train the battalion on the use of the Apache and to participate in multiple exercises across the Pacific.

“Their role is to support the 25th ID as the attack aviation platform through multiple upcoming training events, such as Lightning Forge (and) 2-35th Inf. combined arms live fire exercise,” Worsham explained. “The AH-64Es are a force multiplier for 25th CAB and the 25th ID.”Apache3

Inter-unit cooperation is imperative in today’s military. Being able to integrate with a new unit quickly and effectively allows the Army to be more agile in executing rotational missions.

“With the Army moving toward a more rotational force, the cooperation between 25th and 16th CAB is instrumental in developing the processes for integrating forces with many different policies and operating procedures,” said Yates.

“Inter-unit cooperation is always a vital part to the success of the Army, particularly here in Pacific Command,” said Worsham. “With 16th CAB being the closest combat aviation brigade to 25th ID, their role as a supplementary force would be vital to any military operation if one were to take place here in the Pacific area of responsibility.”

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