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Pilot’s pinnacle promotion bittersweet

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – For warrant officers, career progression is a little different – often a little slower – than the career progression of non-commissioned officers and commissioned officers. With only five ranks to progress through, they tend to spend a little more time at each rank.

When the aviation community’s newest chief warrant officer five, Kyle Hill, received his rank December 1st, he knew the promotion was bittersweet.

“Getting promoted to W5 is the pinnacle,” said Hill, the standardization instructor pilot for Task Force Wings (4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment) at Forward Operating Base Wolverine in southern Afghanistan. “I’ve reached the top rung, but it’s bittersweet, because I know it’s not going to last forever.”

Col. Todd Royar (left), the commander of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, promotes Tyler, Texas, native Kyle Hill to chief warrant officer five during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan, Dec. 1st. (Courtesy Photo)

Col. Todd Royar (left), the commander of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, promotes Tyler, Texas, native Kyle Hill to chief warrant officer five during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan, Dec. 1st. (Courtesy Photo)

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‘King of Battle’ steps back from the gunline

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan – The closest a combat aviation brigade normally gets to artillery is sling-loading a gun from point a to point b. Likewise, the closest artillerymen normally come to aviation is when they call for close air support on the battlefield.

Despite the lack of howitzers, the fire support teams within Task Force Thunder (159th Combat Aviation Brigade) carry an important part of the brigade’s mission in Regional Command South.

“We work in conjunction with the [intel section] for targeting and developing effects on the battlefield,” said Staff Sgt. Joshua DeWitt, the fire support officer for Task Force Wings (4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment). “We manage and control fixed wing, (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and indirect fire assets to support the unit.”

Staff Sgt. Joshua DeWitt, the fire support officer for Task Force Wings, calls to establish a restricted operating zone as he verifies grid coordinates for support from a mortar team at Forward Operating Base Wolverine July 27th. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

Staff Sgt. Joshua DeWitt, the fire support officer for Task Force Wings, calls to establish a restricted operating zone as he verifies grid coordinates for support from a mortar team at Forward Operating Base Wolverine July 27th. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

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Pathfinders, Surrie District Police take the fight to the enemy at BP Osman

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Battle Position Osman, Zabul Province, Afghanistan – The melody of a flute drifts over on the wind from the room in the compound their Afghan National Police partners call home. All of the men wear the evidence of days of enduring the sandblasts of southern Afghanistan’s summer winds.

In fighting positions around the compound, a few other Pathfinders and Afghans maintain a security watch, keeping a close eye out for any suspicious movement that could be a threat to the position, the villagers nearby or, more importantly, Forward Operating Base Wolverine, the group’s home base that sits just a few miles away.

Spc. Ryan Grace, a Pathfinder with Company F, Task Force Wings (4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment), pulls security at Battle Position Osman July 27th. IED emplacements and enemy attacks have significantly dropped in the area since the Pathfinders established the battle position nearly two months ago to increase security at Forward Operating Base Wolverine. (Photo by Sgt. Shanika Futrell)

Spc. Ryan Grace, a Pathfinder with Company F, Task Force Wings (4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment), pulls security at Battle Position Osman July 27th. IED emplacements and enemy attacks have significantly dropped in the area since the Pathfinders established the battle position nearly two months ago to increase security at Forward Operating Base Wolverine. (Photo by Sgt. Shanika Futrell)

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Scouts’ Honor

 

Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyForward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan — A Banshee Troop scout weapons team, two OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, successfully aided coalition ground forces clear a known enemy location to protect and assist them in recovering dangerous weapons in Zabul province, Afghanistan early October.

The battle ended with no coalition force or civilian casualties, when two Task Force Eagle Assault UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters extracted the ground forces and their findings from the battlefield.

A Banshee Troop, Task Force Eagle Assault, scout weapons team departs Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan for a reconnaissance and security mission to protect coalition forces and Afghan civilians from insurgent threats in Zabul province Nov. 6th. (Photo by Spc. Tracy Weeden )

A Banshee Troop, Task Force Eagle Assault, scout weapons team departs Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan for a reconnaissance and security mission to protect coalition forces and Afghan civilians from insurgent threats in Zabul province Nov. 6th. (Photo by Spc. Tracy Weeden )

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Soldiers Fill Out Forms For Holiday Greetings

 

Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyZabul Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers of Task Force Eagle Assault, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division at Forward Operating Base Wolverine in Zabul province, Afghanistan fill out forms before recording their holiday greetings to loved ones back home.

Photo by Spc. Tracy Weeden

Photo by Spc. Tracy Weeden

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Cash Reward

 

Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade  

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionForward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan –Two Task Force Eagle Assault UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilots made a vital submission to the Army Suggestion Program while deployed to Iraq in 2006, which was worth a $10,000 reward.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Merle Goodall, TF Eagle Assault Black Hawk standardization instructor pilot, along with Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Lemons, former TF Eagle Assault Black Hawk maintenance test pilot instructor, made the suggestion to redesign the pilots’ ballistic armor wing panels on the Black Hawk.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Merle Goodall, Task Force Eagle Assault UH-60 Blackhawk standardization instructor pilot, demonstrates the difficulties pilots have trying to force the aircraft''s pilot ballistic armor wing panel to retract after dirt has jamming the gliding mechanism.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Merle Goodall, Task Force Eagle Assault UH-60 Blackhawk standardization instructor pilot, demonstrates the difficulties pilots have trying to force the aircraft''s pilot ballistic armor wing panel to retract after dirt has jamming the gliding mechanism.

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