Helicopter training in Iraq

Uploaded by soldiersmediacenter on 18.02.2009

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This is the Army Today from Soldiers Radio and Television.
Coalition Forces prepare for fight and flight on some of the Army's most valuable machines.
PFC Seth Barham explains.
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Air support is an important factor in many different combat situations.
As a result, soldiers from both the U.S. and the Iraqi Army took part in helicopter training November 4 in Diwaniyah, Iraq.
The training familiarized troops with UH-60 Blackhawks and AH-64 Apache helicopters.
Blackhawks are the most common means of travel for soldiers in theater when traveling from base to base.
Apaches provide combat air support in the event of enemy contact.
The joint training exercise allowed the soldiers to get comfortable and proficient with the operations of the helicopters.
It gets them familiar with how to get on and get off the aircraft and what to do--
--so in the event we do have to go pick them up somewhere--
--it reduces the amount of time that they have to spend in getting into the aircraft and getting secured--
--so we can leave so we have the least amount of time on the ground as necessary.
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Coalition Forces working together with Iraqi soldiers in exercises like this have produced positive results.
Yeah, I think it works well and they see that we're not here just for a short time.
We're here to help them and assist them, not just now but in the future as well, to maintain their democracy.
The troops will participate in additional helicopter training in the upcoming days.
From 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, I'm Army PFC Seth Barham.
That's the Army Today from Washington.
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