25th CAB embraces it motto, to ‘Fly for the Troops’

| December 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii — A 2-6 Cavalry Squadron crew pilots an AH-64 Apache on it’s first flight to Wheeler Army Airfield after being acquired from the Army National Guard Jan. 16. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii — A 2-6 Cavalry Squadron crew pilots an AH-64 Apache on it’s first flight to Wheeler Army Airfield after being acquired from the Army National Guard Jan. 16. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

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

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Throughout 2016, the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade impressively embodied its motto, “We Fly for the Troops,” by providing unique functional aviation support and expertise to the 25th Infantry Division, its partner nations and joint counterparts.

Under the leadership of Col. Kenneth Chase and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Hauke, the 25th CAB continuously demonstrated its expeditionary capabilities operating as a regionally aligned task force and executing aviation support for a number of strategic multinational and joint operations to ensure the success of the 25th ID, U.S. Army-Pacific, and U.S. Pacific Command.

The CAB designed and developed the Division’s inaugural “Lightning Assault Series.” This monthly series hones in and trains Air Assault planning and execution at the ground force platoon and company/battery/troop levels, enhancing mission essential task proficiency and core warfighting skills.

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii — A 3-25 Aviation crew piloting a CH-47 Chinook sling loads a howitzer artillery gun for a live fire training operation on Schofield Barracks Sept. 16. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii — A 3-25 Aviation crew piloting a CH-47 Chinook sling loads a howitzer artillery gun for a live fire training operation on Schofield Barracks Sept. 16. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

The 3-25th General Support Aviation Battalion, Task Force Hammerhead, led the CAB’s first iteration of Lightning Assault Series.

The 25th CAB continued to validate its readiness by deploying 95 Soldiers to the National Training Center in May. The task force’s Army Training Command Soldiers built and managed air space integrating unmanned aerial systems into the battle space, deconflicting more than 31 aircraft and three unmanned aerial vehicle platoons while managing airfield operations.

During the year, 2-6th Heavy Attack Reconnaissance Squadron rebranded itself, retiring the name “Lightning Horse” and reviving the historic “Sabers” appellation used by the squadron in the early 2000s when it was an Apache unit.

From January to June, 2-6th HARS and 209th Aviation Support Battalion worked tirelessly to inspect, inventory and transport 24 AH-64D Apaches from several Army National Guard units across the continental U.S. to Oahu. Upon completion, 2-6th HARS hit the ground running on the conversion to a HARS and the acquisition of the Apache Longbows.

Operation Pacific Pathways 16-01, was the cumulating training event for the beginning of FY16 that incorporated three exercises – Cobra Gold (Thailand), Foal Eagle (Korea) and Balikatan (Philippines) – to strengthen relations within our Pacific partnerships.

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii — A 3-25 aviation crew flies a CH-47 Chinook over the Army Ship LSV2 to conduct air assault operations on the Pacific Ocean Jan. 11. (Photo by Capt. Samantha Jewell, 3-25 Aviation Regiment UPAR, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii — A 3-25 aviation crew flies a CH-47 Chinook over the Army Ship LSV2 to conduct air assault operations on the Pacific Ocean Jan. 11. (Photo by Capt. Samantha Jewell, 3-25 Aviation Regiment Unit Public Affairs Representative, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

Medical evacuation crews conducted demonstrations and training and executed an urgent real-world MEDEVAC mission in support of TF Ghost at Lopburi, Thailand, demonstrating the CAB’s ability to respond and react.

Unique to that rotation was the 350-mile air assault and real-world firefighting in the Philippines, where 3-25th General Support Aviation Battalion dropped more than 79,000 gallons of water on the fire.

The 2-25th Assault Helicopter Battalion was the mission command element for Operation Pacific Pathway 16-02, which consisted of operations in Thailand and split operations in Malaysia and Indonesia.

CAB successfully served as the Task Force Aviation Headquarters for the Division-level, home-station culminating training event, Lightning Forge. The task force flew more than 300 hours in support of the Warrior Brigade executing air movements, air assaults and security missions; integrating non-organic assets into operations; and conducting mission command in a field environment during the 10-day exercise culminating in a battalion air assault led by 2-25th AHB.

In support of joint interoperability, the CAB served as the only U.S. Army represented force during USPACOM’s joint exercise in July. The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise is the largest joint and multinational maritime training event in the world, involving 27 nations overall.

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.

Throughout 2016, the 25th CAB had every available aircraft tasked to conduct missions in support of Lightning Forge, Operation Pacific Pathways, Distinguished Visitor support, or real-world requirements, such as MEDEVAC.

The CAB’s focus on training and readiness allowed it to successfully prepare and increase support to ground force commanders as an assigned aviation force in the Pacific. The array of effective sequential training operations continued to build and prepare the CAB for real-world readiness in an austere environment in support of contingency response force and Pacific Pathways operations within the USPACOM area of operations.

Needless to say, the sun never sets on the 25th CAB as it embodies its motto, “We Fly for the Troops,” and ensures that 25th ID ground Soldiers have stellar and high-class aviation support.

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