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Saved by My Six

My wife says people can be summed up into two categories: those who err on the side of caution and sound judgment (her), and the accident prone (of course, me). Seeing me in short sleeves provides all the evidence needed to support her hypothesis.

A Big No-No

It was another hot afternoon in the eastern part of Afghanistan known to many as RC-East, where the temperature can exceed 120 F in the summer. My unit was tasked with providing two CH-47D Chinook helicopters to transport 40 personnel from Kabul to Bagram Airfield. This was supposed to be a simple mission, but as everyone knows, there is no such thing.

  • 23 June 2024
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The Turning Point

When I went to work that morning, I never thought I would later be sitting in the emergency room with one broken hand and a piece of metal in the palm of the other. Complacency and overconfidence had won the day.

  • 16 June 2024
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Following Protocol

Day-to-day operational activities seem to always provide opportunities for flight crews to grow complacent. Although there is no intent to arbitrarily shortcut proper maintenance procedures, isolated incidents or aircraft discrepancies that are relatively simple to rectify often get corrected using improper tooling, maintenance practices, personnel and documentation.

  • 16 June 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Troubled Waters

Once we got to the river, we were excited to see how high the water had risen. My husband and I were very experienced with a canoe, so we didn’t anticipate any danger. Unfortunately, we didn’t take our friends’ skill levels into consideration.

  • 16 June 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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A Shocking Surprise

The weather forecast was typical of a warm, North Carolina spring afternoon — visibility was great with 10 miles and a 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms. We had based our mission operations out of a local airport. As lead aircraft in a flight of three Black Hawks, we were completing our last leg of what was considered a routine infiltration/exfiltration mission.

  • 9 June 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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