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Beats a polar bear swim.
Members of Joint Task Force-Bravo climb a caving ladder attached to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a training exercise at Lake Yojoa, Honduras. Task Force members and members of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conducted helocast, caving ladder and overwater hoist training during the exercise in order to maintain proficiency in a variety of skill sets as well as to prepare for future operations and exercises throughout Central America.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Zach Anderson, 25 FEB 2014.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Sound of the drums, beatin’ in my heart.
Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division lay in a cloud of dirt after an UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade drops them off during a bilateral exercise in the US Central Command area of responsibility. After being dropped off, soldiers assaulted a mock village, which tested their ability to conduct Military Operations in Urban Terrain. The week-long military-to-military exercise fostered partnership and interoperability.
(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch, 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th ID, 19 FEB 2014.)
Enemy fire caused the helicopter crash that killed six soldiers in Afghanistan in December, officials said today.
[Yes, you read that correctly. After the initial assessment asserted that the incident had been non-hostile and no enemy activity had been in the area, the Army Times releases this. Wag the dog. Wag the fucking dog, you brass-burdened fucks… -R]
Five soldiers from Fort Riley, Kan., and one based in Europe were killed Dec. 17 when their UH-60 Black Hawk crashed in Zabul in southern Afghanistan. A seventh soldier survived the crash.
The deaths make the crash one of the worst casualty incidents in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars.
“The families of the soldiers killed in the Dec. 17 helicopter crash have been notified that enemy action caused the crash and loss of life,” a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force wrote in an email to Army Times. “Although the investigation is not yet complete, we informed the families at this time out of respect so they know how their loved ones died. The investigation is ongoing and more details will be provided when the investigation is complete.”
Among the Fort Riley soldiers killed in the crash were:
• Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, Okla.
• Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Ariz.
• Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, 29, of Willow Spring, N.C.
They were assigned to 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
The other two Fort Riley soldiers killed were:
• Spc. Terry K.D. Gordon, 22, of Shubuta, Miss., who was assigned to 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
• Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, of Marietta, Ga., assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
A sixth soldier, based in Vilseck, Germany, was identified as Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 30, of Elkhart, Ind. Williams was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
The fallen soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division were honored Jan. 9 during a memorial service at Fort Riley.
The 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade sent about 2,000 soldiers to Afghanistan in August for a nine-month deployment, replacing the 3rd Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade. According to a brigade news release in September, the soldiers are responsible for providing air support over a mountainous and desert region roughly the size of Montana.
This ground moves.
[L] Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Quincy Smith signals for a UH-60 Black Hawk operated by A Company, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, to land on the USS Harper’s Ferry (LSD 49) during deck landing qualification in the Arabian Gulf.
[R] Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Jose Rangel directs an AH-64 Apache offship as it lifts off from the deck of the Harper’s Ferry. The aircraft is operated by 4th Battalion, 227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st CAV, now under the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade.
U.S. Army aviation assets and the U.S. Navy conduct joint-service littoral (near shore) training missions to build familiarity with each other’s equipment and procedures, including landing different models of rotary wing aircraft on Navy Dock Landing Ships (LSD’s). The 42nd CAB, New York Army National Guard, operates rotary winged aircraft throughout the region in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
(U.S. Army National Guard photos by Spc. Harley Jelis, 26 DEC 2013.)
Angels are noisy things.
U.S. Air Force pararescuemen from the 48th Rescue Squadron conduct swift water rescue training near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., during Angel Thunder 2013. Angel Thunder is the largest joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise designed to train personnel recovery assets using a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies.
(U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon, 10 APR 2013.)
Polly wants a cracker.
New York National Guard UH-60s prepare to conduct aerial refueling operations with a HC-130J from the 79th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. during the Angel Thunder 2013 exercise. Angel Thunder is the largest joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise designed to train personnel recovery assets using a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon, 8 APR 2013.)
Late Night Nookie #soldierporn: Rural taxi service, oil on canvas.
A UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter from A Company, 2nd Battalion (Assault), 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Phoenix, flies a personnel movement mission over Kunar Province, Afghanistan. The Black Hawk helicopter is routinely used by 10th CAB to conduct logistical support, air assault, and medical evacuation mission in areas not easily accessible by land across eastern and northern Afghanistan.
(Photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg, 17 OCT 2013.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Best ride ever.
Royal Australian Air Force Cpl. William Gill from Security Force Two at Multi National Base - Tarin Kot is hoisted on a jungle penetrator by a United States Army UH-60 Black Hawk from 2-1 General Support Aviation Battalion during medevac training.
(Photo by OR-5 Mark Doran of Combined Team Uruzgan, Joint Coalition Forces, 13 OCT 2013.)
Late Night Nookie #soldierporn: Damn sexy, picture perfect.
U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepare to conduct parachute operations in UH-60 Black Hawks assigned to Alpha Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB) from the Montana Army National Guard in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone, 26th MEU Combat Camera, 5 SEP 2013.)
Rare shot indeed: US Army Aviation tests High Explosive Incendiary Mortar Launch System on a Blackhawk.