Topic: Sling Load Operations
Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
Fort Campbell, KY – The signal Soldiers validated the company’s ability to properly rig and transport equipment via sling load, said Sgt. Timothy Cruz, noncommissioned officer in charge of the operation.
Sixty percent of the Soldiers who participated in the training had only practiced sling load operations while attending The Sabalauski Air Assault School, said Cruz.
The company teamed up with an aircrew from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., that provided a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for the training.
Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
Northern, Iraq – Staff Sgt. Darryl “Gunny” Joseph leapt into the night of northern Iraq as the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter touched down, the dust from the rotary wash clouding his vision. His mission was simple: set up the landing zone and guide in the aircraft carrying the M777 artillery pieces to the raid site.
The process of setting up a landing zone, or sling load area, was not new to him. Back at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Joseph and the Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, “Task Force Strike,” practiced sling load operations many times before.
But this was not a training exercise; this was the real deal.
Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
Fort Knox, KY – When it comes to military training, the most important lessons aren’t usually learned from battalion-, company- or even platoon-level training. They’re learned hands-on in a small squad.
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a live-fire exercise and sling load operations, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, December 10th.
The overall mission was to validate each squad in preparation for higher level live-fire exercises.
Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, concluded a two-day Air Assault training mission June 26th, at Fort Campbell.
The purpose of the exercise was to further develop the company’s competency at providing logistical support through sling-load operations.
Written by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – No matter what obstacles arise two riggers with Task Force Lifeliner make sure they successfully complete their daily mission with skill…its called sling load operations.
Spc. Hanook M. Chi, a native of Seoul, South Korea and Spc. Vonza Abney, a native of Hinesville, GA, ensure every piece of equipment is properly rigged and that they take extra time to scrupulously double check their work, keeping in mind why they do what they do.
101st Airborne Divison’s 4th Brigade Combat Team and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade conduct Sling Load Operations
Video by Sgt. Bradley Parrish
Fort Campbell, KY – U.S. Soldiers from Bravo battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, and 7th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division conduct sling load operations with the M777 Howitzer and the CH-47 Chinook, December 4thh, 2012, at Fort Campbell, KY.
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