25th CAB, various entities swiftly work AH-64 logistics to Hawaii

| May 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
HONOLULU — An AH-64D Apache from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation brigade flies over the Diamond Head State Monument en route to Wheeler Army Airfield on April 24. The Apaches were reassigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade from National Guard units as part of U.S. Army Aviation restructuring.

An AH-64D Apache from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation brigade flies over the Diamond Head State Monument en route to Wheeler Army Airfield on April 24. The Apaches were reassigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade from National Guard units as part of U.S. Army Aviation restructuring.

 

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

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Soldiers and civilians tirelessly worked to move 24 AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters from multiple National Guard units across the mainland to Honolulu from October 2015 to April 2016.

The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Pacific Command, Army National Guard Bureau personnel and PASHA (a civilian shipping company) combined efforts to transfer these aircraft to active duty Army units as part of the Aviation Restructure Initiative.

The restructuring is to help cut Army aviation costs and replace the mission capability of the retired OH-58D Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopter.

“At the squadron level, we have been involved with the planning for about a year now,” stated Maj. Jacob M. Johnston, executive officer of 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment. “The equipment came from nine National Guard units: Utah, Texas, North Carolina, Missouri, Arizona, Idaho, Pennsylvania and Mississippi.”

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii — A flight of four AH-64D Apaches from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation brigade approaches Wheeler Army Airfield on April 24 to land for the first time since being reassigned. The Apaches were reassigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade from National Guard units as part of U.S. Army Aviation restructuring.

 A flight of four  Apaches approaches Wheeler Army Airfield, April 24, to land for the first time since being reassigned.

The 25th CAB Soldiers were sent to Los Alamitos Army Airfield, Calif., to receive the aircraft and execute the logistical move to Honolulu.

“We had 48 personnel consolidate all equipment, as well as conduct inspections, property book inventories, aircraft maintenance and mobility,” said 1st Lt. Eric Bowerman, assistant operations officer, 2-6th Cav. “We utilized PASHA shipping for port and shipping, as well as more than 40 additional personnel from 2-6th Cav. and 209th Aviation Support Battalion at port to receive the aircraft and prepare for vessel loading.

“Our teams, consisting of eight personnel each, utilized Apache Blade Fold Kits to attach the tail booms and secure each blade, as well as de-paneled the different sections of each aircraft and removed antennas in order to prepare the aircraft for shipment,” Bowerman added.

It took about an hour per aircraft to prepare them for shipment, and then they were stored below the main deck, using 70,453 square feet, to protect them from the elements and keep them secure, Bowerman explained.

“25th CAB Soldiers worked up to 24 hours loading and unloading aircraft in both California and Hawaii, based off of the port requirements that we shipped from and arrived to,” said Maj. Erica Huston, commander, Bravo Company, 209th ASB.

“This entire movement was a herculean logistical operation, involving hundreds of personnel in units from 11 different states from both the National Guard and active Army,” said Maj. Jeff Paulus, executive officer, 25th CAB. “With the arrival of the 64s, the capability that now resides within the 25th CAB has greatly increased the Army’s force projection capability that the 25ID can apply to any situation that arises within the Pacific Theater.

“Additionally, the efficiency and speed of the transfer from the mainland to Hawaii has demonstrated the capability of the 25th ID and U.S. military’s logistical prowess to move equipment worldwide at a moment’s notice,” Paulus added.

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