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TF Viper mechanics keep helicopters flying

 

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

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Helicopters have become a common sight in Afghan skies, and whether carrying supplies and personnel or providing close air support for ground troops below, they have proven to be an invaluable asset in the war against terrorism.

Keeping those helicopters running and in top mechanical shape is no easy task, but for a few Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Salerno, that mission is their focus, and it is a job they take seriously.

U.S. Army Sgt. Craig Hayward, powertrain mechanic and native of Huntingtown, MD, assigned to Company D, Task Force Viper works to disassemble a rotor head from an AH-64 Apache helicopter on Forward Operating Base Salerno while U.S. Army Sgt. James Elliot, turbine engine mechanic from Millbrook, AL, assigned to D Co., TF Viper, provides assistance. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

U.S. Army Sgt. Craig Hayward, powertrain mechanic and native of Huntingtown, MD, assigned to Company D, Task Force Viper works to disassemble a rotor head from an AH-64 Apache helicopter on Forward Operating Base Salerno while U.S. Army Sgt. James Elliot, turbine engine mechanic from Millbrook, AL, assigned to D Co., TF Viper, provides assistance. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)

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