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“This is it,” the other pilot said, putting his hands into the air as I took the flight controls and entered an autorotation to the best landing spot — a 2,000-foot rock cliff! I knew if we continued this autorotation, we were going to crash.

Eliminating the Hazard

The Profession of Arms can be difficult. At times, it involves missions in the extreme heat while wearing body armor and carrying weapons, ammunition and other gear. The Army’s answer for preventing Soldiers from becoming heat casualties is proper water intake. So, for decades, we’ve transported that water to the front lines via the 400-gallon M149 trailer — otherwise known as the water buffalo.

  • 1 July 2023
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Be Seen

Graduating flight school is not the time to stop studying. No one knows everything and you may find yourself in a situation where you know a regulation your PC doesn’t. Oral knowledge is also a big factor when IPs choose who is going to take the next PC checkride.

  • 25 June 2023
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What No-fly Zone?

We conducted our normal briefing at the tactical operations center followed by our team brief, where we collected weather, NOTAMS, discussed our scheme of maneuver and completed our individual crew briefs, and then headed out for preflight of the aircraft.

  • 18 June 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Back to Earth

I was one of the senior pilots in the company with 500-plus hours in the HH-60M, and my pilot in command (PC) checkride was approaching. I was confident I was ready — some would say too confident. Looking back, I agree.

  • 11 June 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Stay Alert, Stay Alive

Of all the lessons learned during our brigade’s yearlong deployment, none have returned to me more than the words “Complacency Kills.” That warning was emblazoned on a T-barrier in the center of the forward operating base as a daily caveat to our greatest planning measures: pre-combat checks (PCCs) and pre-combat inspections (PCIs).

  • 11 June 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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