• Soldiers from 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, move containers onto trucks to be inspected and weighed during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, Oct. 21.

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    Soldiers from 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, move containers onto trucks to be inspected and weighed during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, Oct...

  • Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prep an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Leung, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment)

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prep an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by...

  • Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prep a UH-60 Black Hawk to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Leung, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment)

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prep a UH-60 Black Hawk to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by Chief...

  • Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prep a UH-60 Black Hawk to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Leung, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment)

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prep a UH-60 Black Hawk to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by Chief...

  • Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prep a UH-60 Black Hawk to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Leung, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment)

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prep a UH-60 Black Hawk to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by Chief...

  • OH-58D Kiowa Warriors from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, are guided to the staging are before being prepped for loading onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Leung, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment)

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    OH-58D Kiowa Warriors from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, are guided to the staging are before being prepped for loading onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force...

  • Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prep an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Leung, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment)

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prep an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by...

  • Richard Ashak, quad and vault controller, Tripler Materiel, shows Staff Sgt. Theodis Hale, Headquarters Support Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, the proper way to gather Reactive Skin Decontaminate Lotion during a CRF validation exercise at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, Oct. 21. (Photo by Spc. Michael Steven, 209th Aviation Support Battalion)

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    Richard Ashak, quad and vault controller, Tripler Materiel, shows Staff Sgt. Theodis Hale, Headquarters Support Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, the proper way to gather Reactive Skin...

  • Richard Ashak, quad and vault controller, Tripler Materiel, and Staff Sgt. Theodis Hale, Headquarters Support Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, verify what medical supplies the task force will receive for the Contingency Response Force during a CRF validation exercise at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, Oct. 21. (Photo by Spc. Michael Steven, 209th Aviation Support Battalion)

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    Richard Ashak, quad and vault controller, Tripler Materiel, and Staff Sgt. Theodis Hale, Headquarters Support Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, verify what medical supplies the task force...

  • Richard Ashak, quad and vault controller, Tripler Materiel, and Staff Sgt. Theodis Hale, Headquarters Support Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, verify the paperwork for the Medical Chemical Defense Materiel is correct during a CRF validation exercise at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, Oct. 21. (Photo by Spc. Michael Steven, 209th Aviation Support Battalion)

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    Richard Ashak, quad and vault controller, Tripler Materiel, and Staff Sgt. Theodis Hale, Headquarters Support Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, verify the paperwork for the Medical Chemical...

  • OH-58D Kiowa Warriors from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prepare to take off from Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, as the Aviation Response Force during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21.

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    OH-58D Kiowa Warriors from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prepare to take off from Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, as the Aviation Response Force during a Contingency Response Force validation...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Fred Wallace, Troop B first sergeant, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, assists Warrant Officer Richard Matthews prepare his luggage tag before moving the bags to a container during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, Oct. 21.

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    Sgt. 1st Class Fred Wallace, Troop B first sergeant, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, assists Warrant Officer Richard Matthews prepare his luggage tag before moving the bags to a container during...

  • Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prep an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Leung, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment)

    25th CAB validated during CRF exercise

    Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, prep an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Contingency Response Force validation exercise Oct. 21. (Photo by...

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, conducted a Contingency Response Force validation exercise at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, Oct. 21.

The 25th Infantry Division validated the CAB's ability to rapidly deploy its assets and personnel in support of CRF operations in the U.S. Army Pacific Command area of responsibility.

This is the second full validation exercise the CAB has completed.

"The CAB did a great job of executing all aspects of rapidly deploying," said Maj. Jeff Huston, actions officer, future operations, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th ID, originally from Montpelier, Vt. "This exercise presented us with a better picture on how the process should be executed and allowed us to improve on any weak areas."

CRF Team 5, comprised of elements from 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, the Division Assessment Team, Assault Command Post, HHBN and the Division staff, supported the CAB during the exercise.

In order to obtain validation, the CAB was measured on its ability to perform equipment load-out, aircraft deployment, container transportation and personnel manifestation.

Prior to departure, a "push" team prepped each aircraft for a joint inspection before loading them into a C-17 Globemaster III.

"The team did an awesome job of prepping each aircraft," said Staff Sgt. Lyndale Knight, Push Team leader, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th CAB, 25th ID, originally from Fontana, Calif. "Soldiers from all battalions worked as one to complete the CRF mission."

The exercise strengthened the CAB's ability to rapidly deploy while providing a tool to train the next CAB Aviation Task Force to assume the Pacific CRF role.

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