• CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan -- Staff Sgt. Travis Brown, a flight medic assigned to Company C, Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and a German soldier who is part of an extrication team lower to the ground with an aircraft hoist while latched on to a jungle penetrator during rescue hoist training July 16. The purpose of the training was to familiarize the extrication team with usage of the aircraft hoist, since insertion via the hoist can often times be the only option in certain austere locations within the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. The training was a continuation of the budding partnership between the 1st ACB and the German military contingent in Regional Command North.

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan -- Staff Sgt. Travis...

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan -- Staff Sgt. Travis Brown, a flight medic assigned to Company C, Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and a German soldier who is part of an extrication team lower to the ground with an aircraft...

  • CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan-- A pararescue airman lowers to the ground while latched on to the jungle penetrator of an aircraft hoist during rescue hoist training with soldiers from Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, July 16. German soldiers who are part of an extrication team also took part in the training as well, gaining familiarity with the usage of the aircraft hoist as a means of insertion into rugged and mountainous areas within Afghanistan.

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan-- A pararescue airman...

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan-- A pararescue airman lowers to the ground while latched on to the jungle penetrator of an aircraft hoist during rescue hoist training with soldiers from Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, July 16...

  • CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan-- Staff Sgt. Travis Brown, a flight medic assigned to Company C, Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and a German soldier who is part of an extrication team lower to the ground with an aircraft hoist while latched on to a jungle penetrator during rescue hoist training July 16. The purpose of the training was to familiarize the extrication team with usage of the aircraft hoist, since insertion via the hoist can often times be the only option into certain austere locations within the mountainous and rugged terrain of Afghanistan. The training was a continuation of the budding partnership between the 1st ACB and the German military contingent in Regional Command North.

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan-- Staff Sgt. Travis...

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan-- Staff Sgt. Travis Brown, a flight medic assigned to Company C, Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and a German soldier who is part of an extrication team lower to the ground with an aircraft...

  • CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan--;Staff Sgt. Travis Brown, a flight medic assigned to Company C, Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and a German soldier who is part of an extrication team lower to the ground with an aircraft hoist while latched on to a jungle penetrator during rescue hoist training July 16. The purpose of the training was to familiarize the German extrication team with usage of the aircraft hoist, since insertion via the hoist can often times be the only option in certain austere locations within the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan.

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan--;Staff Sgt. Travis...

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan--;Staff Sgt. Travis Brown, a flight medic assigned to Company C, Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and a German soldier who is part of an extrication team lower to the ground with an aircraft...

  • CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan--Staff Sgt. Travis Brown, a flight medic assigned to Company C, Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and  German soldiers who are part of an extrication team tend to a 'casualty' during rescue hoist training July 16. The purpose of the training was to familiarize the extrication team with usage of the aircraft hoist. The training was a continuation of the budding partnership between the 1st ACB and the German military contingent in Regional Command North.

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan--Staff Sgt. Travis...

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan--Staff Sgt. Travis Brown, a flight medic assigned to Company C, Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and German soldiers who are part of an extrication team tend to a 'casualty' during rescue hoist...

  • CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan--German soldiers who are part of an extrication team lower to the ground with an aircraft hoist while latched on to a jungle penetrator during rescue hoist training with soldiers from Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division July 16. The purpose of the training was to familiarize the extrication team with usage of the aircraft hoist, since insertion via the hoist can often times be the only option in certain austere locations within the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. The training was a continuation of the budding partnership between the 1st ACB and the German military contingent in Regional Command North.

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan--German soldiers who...

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan--German soldiers who are part of an extrication team lower to the ground with an aircraft hoist while latched on to a jungle penetrator during rescue hoist training with soldiers from Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade...

CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan -- Since arriving in theater in late May, the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division has established its place in the NATO footprint and has forged partnerships with NATO allies.

The 1st ACB and the German armed forces have been conducting joint training exercises in an effort to solidify and complement each other's operational capabilities.

As part of this joint effort, Soldiers from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division conducted rescue hoist training with a German extrication team July 16.

The training rendered an opportunity for the extrication team to gain familiarization with the aircraft hoist as an alternative method for insertion into an area where a vehicle rollover could occur.

The ultimate goal is for the extrication teams to partner with TF Lobos' flight medics by using specialized tools to assist patients who are stuck inside of a vehicle with no other means of extraction during medevac missions.

"A vehicle rollover can happen anywhere especially when you consider the environment we are in," said Staff Sgt. Travis Brown, flight medic, Company C, Task Force Lobos, 1st ACB, originally from Bakersfield, Calif.

Furthermore, Staff Sgt. Chad Farris, of Salisbury, N.C., a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter crew chief, assigned to Company C, TF Lobos, 1st ACB, talked about the importance of aircraft hoist familiarization for the Germans.

In the mountainous and rugged terrain found throughout austere areas of Afghanistan, he said, insertion via aircraft hoist can be the only option for medical evacuation personnel or extrication teams.

Brown added, "Having the extrication team members work with us gives an extra capability we wouldn't have otherwise,"

Doused in sunlight, the extrication team members began the day with crew briefs, loaded up their equipment and took off in a black hawk medevac helicopter to the training site.

There, the training consisted of multiple iterations and a plethora of opportunities for the teams to practice rising and lowering with the aircraft hoist.

The extrication teams also garnered experience dealing with the dusty conditions caused by the powerful rotor wash from the sweeping rotor blades of the black hawk helicopter.

Moreover, Brown, who coordinated the training, said that positive communication between his crew and the extrication team was a key aspect in enhancing the training experience for both sides.

Brown touched on the enthusiastic attitude of the Germans.

"They were very eager to start this training," he added. "They were very hands on and anxious to familiarize themselves with our equipment."

One of the members of the extrication team, a master sergeant, said his crew gained a valuable learning experience from the day's training events. Furthermore, he noted that the training was very realistic and helpful since his team did not have prior experience working with helicopters.

"This was a great first step for us," he added.

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