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Army pilot serves 40 years

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

U.S. ArmyBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Things and people that are constant fixtures in life often get taken for granted. In the Army, everything changes eventually.

In the aviation units of the Ohio National Guard, there has been one person who has become all but permanent. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Blaine Wykoff, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment pilot, a native of Akron, Ohio, has made himself part of the Ohio Army National Guard for 38 years.

Wyckoff started his military career when he enlisted into the Ohio Air National Guard in 1972.

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Blaine Wyckoff, B Company, 3-238th, CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot, a native of Akron, Ohio, who has worked in the aviation field as an enlistee in the Ohio Air National Guard, rose to the rank of colonel and took an administrative reduction so that he could continue to fly, sits in the pilot’s seat of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2012 (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB PAO)

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Blaine Wyckoff, B Company, 3-238th, CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot, a native of Akron, Ohio, who has worked in the aviation field as an enlistee in the Ohio Air National Guard, rose to the rank of colonel and took an administrative reduction so that he could continue to fly, sits in the pilot’s seat of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2012 (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB PAO)

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ANSF, TF Rakkasan rehearse Afghan elections security plan at Salerno

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell
3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansKhowst Province, Afghanistan – As part of the election planning process, about 50 members of the various Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces met at Forward Operating Base Salerno for a Khowst Election Combined Arms Rehearsal September 15th to go over final details and answer questions about the security of Afghanistan’s September 18th parliamentary elections.

“The purpose of the meeting was to synchronize our efforts throughout the Khowst Province to ensure a successful election,” said U.S. Army Maj. Mark Leslie, native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and operations officer for 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. “We not only want to ensure its success in the turnout of voters and the safe transportation of ballots, but also that it is a legitimate election and that it’s perceived as a legitimate election to the local population. We also want the Afghan people to feel free to vote and to be able to exercise that freedom.”

Governor Abdul Jabar Naeemi, governor of Khowst Province, takes a few moments to speak with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, following a Khowst Election Combined Arms Rehearsal meeting Sept. 15th at Forward Operating Base Salerno. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

Governor Abdul Jabar Naeemi, governor of Khowst Province, takes a few moments to speak with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, following a Khowst Election Combined Arms Rehearsal meeting Sept. 15th at Forward Operating Base Salerno. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

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