U.S Marines and Republic of Korea Completes Air Assault Mission
April 17, 2014
'Katchi Kapshida' or 'We go together,' doesn't only apply to the friendship between the Republic of Korea and United States Army. It also describes the relationship between all U.S. military branches stationed in Korea.
Soldiers from 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade assisted the ROK and United States Marines in completing an air assault mission, March 13, 2014, at a multi-purpose range complex in Northern South Korean.
Aviation Soldiers from 2nd Battalion (Assault), 2nd Aviation Regiment and 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion provided air support to more than 300 ROK and U.S. Marines on 25 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the air assault training.
"In my three years with this unit, I have never been a part of such a large operation," said Richmond, Va. native Spc. Christopher E. Bodin, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter repairer, assigned to Company B, 2-2nd Avn. Regt. "Seeing 25 helicopters take off at one time was simply amazing as well as a good show of force."
All battalions in 2nd CAB had a part in making the mission a successful one. Even though 2-2nd Avn. Regt., had the lead, the brigade as a whole worked as a team to complete the mission.
"All Soldiers from the youngest private that is pumping fuel, gathering parts, or turning wrenches in support of the mission gets to see and understand what it takes to support the war time mission," said Florence, Mo. native, Command Sgt. Maj. James Johnson, 2-2 Avn. Regt., senior enlisted advisor.
Soldiers from Co. E, 2-2 Avn. Regt., established a 10-point forward area refueling point on a runway for all helicopters involved in the assault. Pilots from 4th Aerial Reconnaissance Bn. (Attack), 2nd Avn. Regt. flew AH-64 Apache helicopters, assisting Black Hawk pilots with overhead security and navigation to the landing zone.
"This type of training ensures that the ROK- U.S. Alliance has faith in one another's ability to support and defend, should the armistice fail," said Johnson.
The 2-2 Avn. Regt. and other units in 2nd CAB conduct assault training various times throughout the year and at least biannually there are chances to conduct air assaults with other branches of the U.S. and ROK military.