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Celebrating decision-making sounds about as exciting as celebrating the move from fifth grade to middle school. But decision-making is the key for a successful day that involves multiple search-and-rescue missions flown in the high country of Colorado.

Cleared for a Near Miss

It should have been just another traffic pattern entry under night vision goggles to end the mission, but it ended up being a strong lesson for every member of the crew.

  • 1 January 2016
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When Everything Goes Right

Many articles are written about situations that could have resulted in something catastrophic happening because of a momentary lapse in judgment. These are tough lessons to learn. However, I believe very important lessons can also be learned when everything does go according to plan.

  • 1 January 2016
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External Distraction

It was to be an exciting night in northern Iraq. The mission was a little different from the standard ring route to the north or south of Forward Operating Base Speicher, and I was eager to get started.

  • 1 January 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
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A Torch to Carry

“Two to fly; systems, you good in the back?” As a junior aviator, statements like this were commonplace in my cockpit, but never resulted in an incident or accident.

  • 1 January 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
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Who's Flying the Aircraft?

I showed up at my first assignment as an aviator right as we were headed out the door for a deployment in Regional Command East. I was excited and nervous. My Readiness Level 3 to 2 progression took two flights and suddenly I was flying combat missions with my troop standardization pilot.

  • 1 December 2015
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 10581
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