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HUMS allows helicopter repairers predictive maintenance

 

Written by Jennifer Andersson
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Despite increased operation requirements, the Army’s Class A aviation accidents – which are the most costly accidents in terms of money or people – have decreased dramatically this fiscal year.

“We’ve had only one Class A since we deployed six months ago,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Timothy Burke, the safety officer for Task Force Thunder, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. “That is down from previous deployments. We had no Class A through C aviation accidents at all from November 2009 to February 2011.”

The numbers are down for Class A accidents, and that’s remarkable, he said, because Afghanistan’s environment is more stressful on the aircraft – given the types of missions Task Force Thunder flies, the terrain and the temperature.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Joel Sizelove, the production control officer in charge for Task Force Lift, checks the readouts from the integrated vehicle health management system on a UH-60M Black Hawk to determine, among other things, track vibrations in the rotors. IVHMS ultimately saves maintainers hours or even days of work and gets the aircraft and its crew back into the fight faster. (Photo by Jennifer Andersson, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Joel Sizelove, the production control officer in charge for Task Force Lift, checks the readouts from the integrated vehicle health management system on a UH-60M Black Hawk to determine, among other things, track vibrations in the rotors. IVHMS ultimately saves maintainers hours or even days of work and gets the aircraft and its crew back into the fight faster. (Photo by Jennifer Andersson, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

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Women’s Equality Day: The suffrage is still not complete

 

Written by Sgt. Shanika Futrell
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – A mere two centuries ago, many women across the United States of America had the dream of seeing women treated as equals. If they were alive today they would see women serving in the Senate, Supreme Court, and as generals and admirals within the military. This would have not been possible if it weren’t for the ratification of the 19th amendment.

“It took decades of agitation through protest before the victory was finally realized,” said Lt. Col. Rose H. Bean, the guest speaker at a Women’s Equality Day observance here August 26th. “To achieve the milestones, the women had a lot of lengthy and difficult struggles that took place. This celebration and the observance of this day mark women’s continuing effort toward full equality.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Task Force Thunder welcomes Alaskan assets

 

Written by Spc. Jennifer Andersson
Task Force Thunder Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – The 100-degree heat of Afghanistan differed drastically from what the soldiers of Team Denali (1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment) left behind at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

They joined Task Force Thunder (159th Combat Aviation Brigade) at three forward operating bases to bolster aviation assets in southern Afghanistan, beginning in June.

While they are attached to Task Force Lift (7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment), Team Denali, composed of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and Companies B (The Sugar Bears) and D, is technically self-sustaining. «Read the rest of this article»

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Airframe shop: Working hard to help bring troops home

 

Written by Shanika Futrell
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Every airframe shop in the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Thunder, has one very important mission, and that’s putting aircraft back in the fight quickly.

“We conduct minor maintenance on the aircraft daily, since we have quite a few OH-58 Kiowa helicopters and AH-64 Apache helicopters in our battalion,” said Spc. Chris Moore, a structural aviation repairer with Troop D, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Palehorse.

Structural aviation repairers are responsible for maintaining all of the aircraft parts that are composed of sheet metal, fiberglass or Plexiglas. These materials make the structural part of maintenance more challenging than many of the other components. «Read the rest of this article»

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Task Force Thunder provides logistics link between Americans, Afghans

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation BrigadeKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Pathfinders from Troop E, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment (Task Force Palehorse), along with air crews from Task Force Lift’s Black Widows, provided the critical link between humanitarians in the U.S. and Afghans in need March 18th, when they joined forces with the Afghan National Police to distribute supplies to the people of Deh Gholaman in Kandahar province.

This wasn’t the first time coalition forces have tried to help the farming community, but it is the first time they actually made it into the village.

Sgt. Thomas Bohall, a Pathfinder with Task Force Palehorse, helps Afghan National Police load humanitarian relief items onto a truck in the village of Deh Gholaman in Kandahar province, March 18th. The ANP officers distributed the items to the people in the village who are facing a difficult year due to poor crops. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

Sgt. Thomas Bohall, a Pathfinder with Task Force Palehorse, helps Afghan National Police load humanitarian relief items onto a truck in the village of Deh Gholaman in Kandahar province, March 18th. The ANP officers distributed the items to the people in the village who are facing a difficult year due to poor crops. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

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