News: Pilots showcase Apaches at FOB Hammer
Story by Spc. Ben Hutto
by Spc. Ben Hutto
3rd Headquarters Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq – Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment received a class from AH-64 Apache attack helicopter pilots at the landing zone on FOB Hammer Oct. 13.
The 1-10 FA Regt. recently moved to FOB Hammer from the Camp Bucca Detention Facility.
"The purpose of the class was to integrate 1-10 FA Regt. into their battle space," said Maj. Clyde Fleming, from Hinesville, Ga., the 3rd HBCT's aviation officer. "We wanted them to see the Apache's air capabilities and the pilots' tactics, techniques and procedures."
Soldiers listened to the pilots from the 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, explain their capabilities and how they could help the Soldiers on their missions.
"If we can talk Soldiers through situations now, it makes it much easier when we actually have to go through them when it's for real," said Chief Warrant Officer Scott Durrer, from Tucson, Ariz., a pilot with 1-3 Avn. Regt.
The Soldiers got to examine the helicopters and see the weapon systems up close. Many soldiers asked questions about combat and tactical situations.
"One of the biggest things this aircraft does is let people see a show of force," said Chief Warrant Officer Josh Kinney, from Seattle, Wash., a pilot with 1-3 Avn. Regt. "We can drop down and deter bad guys in a heart beat. We also recon routes and positions on a regular basis. Anything the units need from us, we have no problem doing."
That information was good news for the 1-10 FA Regt. Soldiers as they prepare to assume their battle space.
"I thought the class was great," said Staff Sgt. Derick Threatt, from Pell City, Ala., an artilleryman with Battery A, 1-10 FA Regt. "They gave us a lot of usable information. It made me feel safe as far as them providing security for us."