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Draw the Line

During Operation Iraqi Freedom V and VI, we faced one question repeatedly: Should we launch or stay on the ground during marginal weather? As all Army aviators know, sometimes mission importance outweighs weather minimums. The question then becomes where to draw the line. In garrison, the answer is simple; you either have weather or you don’t. In combat, however, the line gets blurred.

It's Not Your Fault … But it is Your Responsibility

The Soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado, have a motto they like to live by: Mountain Post Living. It’s a phrase that gets thrown around in jest frequently, but the idea is there is a standing order from the post commanding general that on the last day of the work week, everyone that can should be leaving work at 1500. While it is a great boost to morale, everyone comes to work on the last day ready to leave early.

  • 15 January 2023
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You Better Believe It

As Army aviators, we are trained to a high standard and take great pride in that fact. But what happens when confidence in our abilities overrides what the aircraft is telling us?

  • 8 January 2023
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Inadvertent External Load Jettison

Cargo helicopter pilots look forward to performing external load operations that challenge their abilities. As exciting and fulfilling as it is to accomplish a mission, there is the inherent risk of having to jettison a heavy external load in the event of an emergency.

  • 11 December 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Ski Resorts: Not Always an Enjoyable Experience

Outside my windscreen looked like a scene from Star Wars when the Millennium Falcon travels through hyperspace. There was snow everywhere!

  • 4 December 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Bridging the Gaps

Flying offshore can be dangerous, and I heard horror stories from folks I knew who’d done the job. They shared tales of helicopters being blown off platforms and pilots having to perform emergency landings “in the drink.”

  • 13 November 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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