Clarksville, TN – In Clarksville, it’s not unusual to see military aircraft flying over town, but next year, a new bachelor’s degree program at Austin Peay State University will put a few civilian helicopters into the local sky.
That’s because the University is in the final approval stages of a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science, with a concentration in rotor wing (helicopters), beginning next fall. The program will be the first rotor-wing flight school attached to a bachelor’s degree in the state.
Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
Fort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell may be where Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division get their air assault prowess, but even professionals can learn more about their craft.
Over the course of five days, more than 40 Soldiers from across Fort Campbell recently participated in the sling load inspector certification course.
“In this course we pretty much teach them the basics of sling load operations,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Davis, a sling load instructor with the aerial delivery and field services department at Fort Lee, Virginia. “We teach them everything from the capabilities of the helicopters, how to rig the loads, how to properly inspect the loads and how to fill out the sling load inspection form.”
Clarksville, TN – Marble Mountain: A Vietnam Memoir is a book that takes you inside the mind of a helicopter pilot in the throes of war.. When you begin the first chapter, you are captured by the understated play-by-play of the life of a young boy who grew up in Tullahoma and became a decorated pilot in one of the areas of heavy combat in Vietnam.
Bud Willis, author of Bluestocking and former resident of Clarksville, tells the story in Marble Mountain of being a pilot of a Huey (UH1-E, the workhorse helicopter of the Vietnam War; it is a forerunner of the Cobra) and being sent to pick up an injured Marine.
Started as the dream of Mary Woodall and Diane Miner, Camp Rainbow is a week-long haven for kids with serious illnesses. With Premier Medical Group of Clarksville providing doctors, nurses and one-on-one staff members, Camp Rainbow welcomes 40 kids on Monday and gives them the chance to have fun all day every day.
Kids arrive at Brandon Springs in Land Between the Lakes and then choose from activities like swimming, fishing, making crafts, canoeing, or riding on helicopters from Fort Campbell. They have three great meals a day plus any treats (like soft ice cream, chips, water, juices, jerky, candies, etc.) they want any time as long as it’s in their dietary plan.
101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s Task Force Sabre Maintenance crews take care of aircraft and each other
Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
Fort Irwin, CA – Aircraft are not the only things needing to be maintained in a combat aviation brigade. From the most junior to senior members, soldiering and life skills need to be in top shape just like the helicopters.
Should any of the aircraft get shot down or have mechanical difficulty and crash, the downed aircraft recovery team springs into action.
It isn’t often that you pick up a book that takes you inside the mind of a helicopter pilot in the throes of war. Marble Mountain: A Vietnam Memoir is that book—and so much more. When you begin the first chapter, you are captured by the understated play-by-play of the life of a young boy who grew up in Tullahoma and became a decorated pilot in one of the areas of heavy combat in Vietnam.
Bud Willis, author of Bluestocking and former resident of Clarksville, told the following story both in Marble Mountain and on his visit to the TODAY show:
The pilot of a Huey (UH1-E, the workhorse helicopter of the Vietnam War; it is a forerunner of the Cobra), Willis was sent to pick up an injured Marine. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by By U.S. Army Spc. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Forward Operating Base Orgun-E, Afghanistan – The autumn air was cold during the early morning hours as more than 250 U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers, each with more than 120 pounds of equipment on their backs, awaited the helicopters for their air assault into an area known for harbouring anti-coalition militants.
Soldiers from Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, successfully conducted a combined air assault into the Charbaran Valley October 27th-28th.
The mission was to enter an area known to be occupied by the Taliban and to clear the enemy from the area, ultimately disrupting their freedom of movement.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Like busy bees buzzing in and out of a hive full of honey, a swarm of helicopters are constantly swooping in and out of the landing zone here.
Instead of carrying pollen to the hive, they carry bellies full of cargo and supplies to forward operating bases all over Afghanistan’s rugged and mountainous landscape.
And just like helper bees in the hive, a special team of Soldiers are working non-stop to load and attach a vast array of cargo to the busy choppers, ensuring Soldiers in the field have the supplies they need.
The Soldiers are from the cargo management team, Company A, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. They are among a select few who do aerial resupply missions on a daily basis. It’s a challenging task that keeps the Rakkasan’s buzzing.
Bud Willis will be at the Blackhorse Pub and Brewery on Franklin Street in Historic Downtown Clarksville from 3:00pm-6:00pm on Tuesday December 8th to speak, and sign copies of his recently published book, Bluestocking.
Bud retired after a successful 34 year career in the securities business. Clarksvillians may remember him as the one time manager of the J.C. Bradford Company in Downtown Clarksville.
In 2008 Bud appeared as a guest in the “Everyone Has a Story” series hosted by the NBC Today show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. There he related the heartwarming story of a life changing experience he had as a Marine medivac helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. «Read the rest of this article»
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