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    Air Cav trains 3d Cavalry Regiment troopers

    Air Cav trains 3d Cavalry Regiment troopers

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace-Myles | Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thomas Gorgeny, an AH-64 Apache pilot, provides the talk...... read more read more

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Members of 1st Air Cavalry Brigade along members of Fort Hood’s Fire Station 3 were called upon to train the 3d Cavalry Regiment on responding to a downed helicopter in preparation for the regiment’s upcoming deployment.
    The goal of the training is to prepare the Soldiers for “all the things that could happen with a downed aircraft,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Philip Learn, the Aviation Mission Survivability Officer for 1st Air Cav Brigade, who spearheaded the training.
    The group of 3d Cav. Regt. Soldiers are infantry mortar men who will be acting as the Aerial Reaction Force in theatre. Their role will be first responders and security at crash sites.
    “If the scene is too dangerous, 3d Cav. Regt. may be the only rescue team on the site,” Learn said.
    The firemen and 1st Air Cav. Soldiers covered such issues as: extraction, handling hazardous material, leaking fuel, first aid, spinal straps for stability and even mortuary affairs, to name a few.
    This training is not uncommon for 1st Air Cav who routinely helps non-aviation units prepare for aerial reaction.
    “We team with the firefighters about every 6 months for aerial reaction training,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thomas Gorgeny, an Apache pilot for 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 22th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cav. Bde.
    The brigade trains an array of Soldiers, to include members of the Air Force.
    “I love showing my aircraft and showing them something they don’t often see,” Said Gorgeny.
    The aviators demonstrated how the pilots could potentially be positioned by taking the infantry men on the flight line and mimicking how they might find crews in an Apache, Blackhawk or Chinook aircraft and showed the Soldiers what would need to be done to quickly to successfully recover them.
    The brigade made the training as thorough and as real as possible, according to Lean and his team.
    As 3d Cav. Regt. prepares to make its way into combat, the pilots of 1st Air Cav. took strategic and methodical measures to ensure that their fellow Soldiers were prepared for their mission.



    Date Taken: 06.01.2016
    Date Posted: 06.07.2016 15:39
    Story ID: 200245
    Location: FORT HOOD, TX, US 

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