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Winning in Combat

When I’m faced with high-stress situations, I sometimes tend to withdraw into a cave. I had to take precautions to avoid this while in Iraq.

Fielding TTPs

Flying in a multiship formation into inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions can be a wakeup call to revisit tactics, techniques and procedures for your unit. The following incident led my unit to update its procedures.

  • 1 March 2015
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I Knew Better

Young men and women volunteer for pilot training to fulfill often long-held desires to break the bonds of the earth. The luster of flying eventually fades for some; but for the rest of us, aviation remains an important life focus.

  • 1 March 2015
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Go Around

One night, I was on a night vision goggle training flight with my company instructor pilot and two crew members. The IP was a very experienced NVG aviator who was trained at the High-Altitude Army Aviation Training Site in Gypsum, Colorado, and made it a point to demonstrate mountain flying and pinnacle operations.

  • 1 March 2015
  • Author: Army Safety
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Caught in a Haboob

The following incident happened a few years ago while I was an AH-64A instructor pilot at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site at Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona. It demonstrated to me that when things happen, some of them go the way you want and others don’t.

  • 1 March 2015
  • Author: Army Safety
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Shopping for Weather

It was a typical day in Iraq. I woke up with the taste of dust in my mouth, which usually meant bad weather had moved into the area.

  • 1 February 2015
  • Author: Army Safety
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