March 1, 2018
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – The blades of a UH-60 Blackhawk start to swirl as Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 244th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 449th Combat Aviation Brigade prepare to train 60 Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment on hot and cold loading procedures of a Blackhawk Feb. 10, 2018.
The 449th CAB provides aviation strategic partnership training with regional military partners in order to conduct multinational training events. The 244th AHB supports this mission by facilitating training for Soldiers that haven’t been exposed to aviation assets by ensuring proper procedures are followed to mitigate risk and enforce safety.
“Our crew chiefs explain how to get in and out of the aircraft safely, how to use the restraints and how to get out of the aircraft if there is an emergency,” said Capt. James Alexander, the assistant operations officer assigned to the 244th AHB. “Any time the aircraft is running, there is some inherent danger. We try to mitigate that risk as much as possible.”
The day starts off with Soldiers receiving a brief from the flight crew on proper approach, entrance, loading and exit of the aircraft.
“It’s easier to communicate,” said Alexander. “It’s not as busy, so they can hear our instructions clearly. We can direct them to make corrections if they need to.”
Once Soldiers complete the brief, they walk through a dry run on the aircraft to familiarize them with proper procedures on how to safely enter and exit. They also receive direction on how to properly use a four-point safety harness when sitting in the aircraft.
The real challenge begins when Soldiers reach the run phase as they exercise all training procedures while the aircraft is running.
This year’s events are scheduled to be the just as great as the beautiful views in our host city of Asheville. Register today to attend our largest event of the year and join your friends for fun and fellowship. Registration will close on March 15, 2018 at 11pm. There will not be any on-site registration so hurry and register while there is still time.
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The North Carolina Army National Guard conducted a deployment ceremony for the 130th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade’s 878th Engineer Company February 17, 2018 at King’s Mountain High School, King’s Mountain, N.C..
More than 150 soldiers from the 878th are slated to deploy for nine to twelve months in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
The King’s Mountain High auditorium was standing room only as the official party and soldiers from the 878th filed in and took their seats. After a brief invocation, the soldiers and civilians in the crowd were addressed by the N.C. Speaker of the House Time Moore, Honorable Scott Neisler, mayor of King’s Mountain, Brig. Gen. Allen Boyette, NCARNG’s assistant adjutant general of sustainment, and Capt. Chavous Nichols, commander of the 878th.
“The National Guard has answered the call of duty in defense of our country with professionalism, dedication, patriotism, and courage and must continue to do so,” said Neisler. “We’d like to express our appreciation and pledge our support to the 878th engineering company during their deployment…and further offer our prayers for their safe return.”
The Davie County Sheriff’s Office seized more than two million dollars worth of drugs from a home on Speaks Road this week.
It’s the largest cocaine seizure in Davie County’s history.
That included about 44 pounds of cocaine, two pounds of methamphetamine, and 109 grams of heroin — along with more than $50,000 in cash and several guns.
Authorities charged Cervantes Gomez Gonzalo with trafficking all three drugs.
The sheriff’s office says multiple police departments, the North Carolina National Guard, and the DEA helped investigators track down a significant source of drugs in the community.
Soldiers from across 60th Troop Command’s (60th TC) varied units competed during the annual, two-day Best Warrior Competition (BWC) in Raleigh, North Carolina, Feb. 10-11, 2018.
Four enlisted Soldiers and three noncommissioned officers reported from several of the brigade’s specialized units, which included representatives from the 430th Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, the 440th Army Band, the North Carolina Army National Guard’s (NCARNG) Medical Detachment, the 42nd Civil Support Team (42nd CST), and the 732nd Forward Support Company (732nd FSC), in hopes of representing 60th TC at the state-level competition in March 2018.
The competitors spent the weekend performing task to prove their mental and physical strength, including an Army Physical Fitness Test, a one page essay, a six-mile ruck march, and a test of their map reading skills.
Additionally, Soldiers had to report before a noncommissioned officer or enlisted board, depending on their rank. During the board they answered questions about various military topics, discussed current events and had their uniforms inspected.
Army Sgt. Maj. David Lanning, the 60th TC Operations Sergeant Major, believes those competing for Best Warrior go back to their unit as stronger Soldiers, regardless if they win.
“I think they realize their strengths and weaknesses when they’re put into the different scenarios that we’re providing here,” Lanning said. “They can go back and teach their Soldiers what happened here.”
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March — Today in Guard History National Guard
1836 San Antonio, Texas – As the Mexican Army continues to besiege the Alamo 32 militiamen arrive from Gonzales, TX, to help in its defense. These Texas men, a mixed group of Anglo’s and Mexicans fighting for independence, will be the last reinforcements to join the battle as the mission falls five days later, with all defenders being killed.
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