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Chalks 2 and 3 gradually returned to the airfield, mostly flown by their non-crewmembers. The after-action review was interesting and full of praise for those non-crewmember heroes.
Stumbling into Support

When I became a company commander in November 2013, I had no idea what my requirements would be over the next three years.

  • 31 October 2016
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Verify the Numbers

Our unit conducted a field training exercise during a drill weekend, and I was given an assigned aircraft to fly. On the first day, we conducted a health indicator test, or HIT check, which resulted exactly in the middle of the range on the HIT card.

  • 23 October 2016
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Fly the Aircraft

It was early 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom and I was flying as the tail gunner on a CH-47D Chinook. We were doing a troop movement from Camp Doha, Kuwait, to Balad, Iraq.

  • 16 October 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
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Announce Your Actions

Crewmembers are always briefed on crew coordination, specifically “announce actions,” before every mission; however, it isn’t always briefed from aircraft to aircraft.

  • 9 October 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
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Fat, Dumb and Happy

Never be so committed to a planned flight that you refuse to alter it when an emergency happens. The next time you’re flying along fat, dumb and happy, remind yourself that good judgment will keep you alive.

  • 1 October 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 1207
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