Chargers secure the skies in southern Iraq
August 29, 2011
BASRAH, Iraq -- To ensure the safety of their fellow comrades, surveillance teams often use ground or aerial imagery to track where friendly troops are located.
Soldiers from C Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division deployed to Basrah, Iraq use both at the same time.
Using unmanned aerial vehicles and ground patrols, the unit has a 360-degree view of their area of responsibility.
While an unmanned aerial vehicle pilot prepares the eye in the sky for take-off, a platoon of Soldiers spreads out and keeps an eye on the surrounding area, allowing the pilot to focus on the UAV. Once in the air, the pilot uses the UAV to scan past the vigilant Soldier's line of sight.