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Rested and Ready

Showing up to the mission in a fatigued state is unacceptable. This happens all too often in aviation. One of my recent flight manuals stated: “A pilot must show up to work free of stress.” Although we may not be stress-free, we may show up well rested and mentally ready to go the distance. A bright-eyed pilot is the best defense against adverse and sudden changes in the cockpit.

More than Words

The importance of wearing a seat belt is stressed before just about every convoy, training safety briefing and weekend. Like most young Soldiers, I listened to the words and would say “Hooah!” after my leaders were finished briefing. Also like most young Soldiers, I was only responding out of habit, not compliance.

  • 21 April 2024
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A Feline FOD Check

Foreign object damage on a military aircraft is a serious issue. Before every mission, the entire flight crew, which is five personnel on a CH-47, checks for foreign object debris (FOD) and ensures the aircraft is ready for the mission. Depending on the crew, preflight can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half. It is supposed to be a thorough process. During deployments, however, you get into a battle rhythm and things can go unnoticed due to the monotony of day-after-day operations. In any military aviation setting, that can be devastating.

  • 14 April 2024
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One Down Corpsman

It was a warm Sunday in Iraq, and I was at a combat outpost in the far west as the officer in charge of a detachment of construction engineers. They were working like bees to upgrade the living conditions at a particularly austere base. We were ahead of schedule on all our projects, so I decided to give the troops a well-deserved half-day off. Time for a barbecue!

  • 7 April 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Heat: Fact and Fiction

The very nature of our profession as Soldiers — training outdoors, wearing uniforms and carrying equipment — practically guarantees we will be exposed to heat stress.

  • 1 April 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Patience is a Virtue

I was a relatively new pilot in command (PC) who just arrived at Fort Liberty. After getting my local area orientation and going through PC verification, I was ready to start flying with pilots. The mission was a standard training flight that would include some cross-country, hot-refuel and goggling up and end with terrain flight.

  • 1 April 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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