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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.

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
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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
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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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A Lack of Intervention

I wasn’t there the night the accident happened. I wish I had been. I might have been able to talk some sense into him. However, a chain of bad decisions and lack of intervention would take him from his parents and sibling, his friends, the Army and this world forever.

  • 9 June 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Stick with the Standards

While the drivers returned to the motor pool to secure the fire extinguishers, the remaining Soldiers began to load up in the trucks. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed too many Soldiers heading to the rear of one of the trucks. I made my way over there to see what was happening.

  • 9 June 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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