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    KFOR Soldiers conduct semi-annual SUAS training

    KFOR Soldiers conduct semi-annual SUAS training

    Photo By Sgt. Jonathan Perdelwitz | Sgt. Curtis Peterson, a cavalry scout assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Jonathan Perdelwitz 

    KFOR Regional Command East

    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo—Regional Command-East, Kosovo Force Soldiers assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard, conducted semi-annual proficiency training with small unmanned aerial systems at Camp Nothing Hill, Kosovo, on April 5, 2021. 1-113th conducted this training to ensure the 13 UAS certified Soldiers at Camp Nothing Hill keep their skills sharp.

    “The proficiency aspect is just getting everyone more comfortable with doing what they’re doing,” said Sgt. Dakotah Garrison, a cavalry scout with the 1-113th Cavalry Regiment and SUAS maintenance noncommissioned officer. “Everyone out here is mission qualified. Individually, they can take out one extra person, grab a system, and fulfill our commander’s intent.”

    The RQ-11 Raven and RQ-20 Puma training consisted of a written exam to test Soldiers on basic SUAS operations and a 15-minute flight for practical application. The training allows certified Soldiers to refresh their knowledge.

    “We all enjoy flying,” said Spc. Aaron Beeber, a cavalry scout with the 1-113th Cavalry Regiment and certified SUAS operator. “It was good to get out here as a group and fly.”

    Along with being cavalry scouts, SUAS operators gain training and skills that help broaden their Soldier skill set. This makes them valuable assets to the KFOR Maneuver Battalion mission.

    “Giving us an eye in the sky allows us to look down on objective points that we’re trying to get eyes on,” said Garrison. “Being able to throw a system in the air and have it circle for thirty minutes gets us a lot more information than trying to look through binoculars from two kilometers away.”

    The SUASs simplify reconnaissance, but they also act as safety measures to ensure the mission is completed as efficiently and safely as possible.

    “During the winter months, it makes it really hard to get on point and see what we need to see during a patrol cycle,” said Garrison. “Having the ability to set up an operating post and put up a system from those open spots allows us to mitigate risk.”



    Date Taken: 04.05.2021
    Date Posted: 04.07.2021 08:56
    Story ID: 393227
    Location: CAMP NOTHING HILL, ZZ 
    Hometown: REDFIELD, IA, US
    Hometown: SIOUX CITY, IA, US

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