• Sgt 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out the back of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as it prepares to take off during the early morning hours for an aircraft recovery mission on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Sgt 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out...

  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, Downed Aircraft Recovery Team Officer-In-Charge, Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB prepare to hook up an Mi-17 helicopter sling load to a CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3-25 AVN, 25th CAB, during an aircraft recovery mission in Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, Downed Aircraft Recovery Team Officer-In-Charge, Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation...

  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, Downed Aircraft Recovery Team Officer-In-Charge, Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB hook up an Mi-17 helicopter sling load to a CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3-25 AVN, 25th CAB, during an aircraft recovery mission in Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, Downed Aircraft Recovery Team Officer-In-Charge, Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation...

  • Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade straightens out the sling load cables on an Mi-17 helicopter attached to a CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3-25 AVN, 25th CAB, during an aircraft recovery mission in Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade straightens out the sling load cables on an Mi-17 helicopter attached to a CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3-25 AVN...

  • Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade straightens out the sling load cables on an Mi-17 helicopter attached to a CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3-25 AVN, 25th CAB, during an aircraft recovery mission in Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade straightens out the sling load cables on an Mi-17 helicopter attached to a CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3-25 AVN...

  • A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, takes off with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during an aircraft recovery mission on June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, takes off with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during an aircraft recovery mission on...

  • A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, takes off with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during an aircraft recovery mission on June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, takes off with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during an aircraft recovery mission on...

  • A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, flies steadily over the Afghanistan countryside with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during an aircraft recovery mission on June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, flies steadily over the Afghanistan countryside with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan...

  • A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, flies steadily over the Afghanistan countryside with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during an aircraft recovery mission on June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, flies steadily over the Afghanistan countryside with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan...

  • A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, flies steadily over the Afghanistan countryside with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during an aircraft recovery mission on June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, flies steadily over the Afghanistan countryside with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan...

  • A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, shoots off a couple flares as it flies steadily over the Afghanistan countryside with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during an aircraft recovery mission on June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, shoots off a couple flares as it flies steadily over the Afghanistan countryside with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to...

  • A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, flies steadily over the Afghanistan countryside with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during an aircraft recovery mission on June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, flies steadily over the Afghanistan countryside with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan...

  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, Downed Aircraft Recovery Team Officer-In-Charge, Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB prepare to hook up an Mi-17 helicopter sling load to a CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3-25 AVN, 25th CAB, during an aircraft recovery mission in Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, Downed Aircraft Recovery Team Officer-In-Charge, Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation...

  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, Downed Aircraft Recovery Team Officer-In-Charge, Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB prepare to hook up an Mi-17 helicopter sling load to a CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3-25 AVN, 25th CAB, during an aircraft recovery mission in Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, Downed Aircraft Recovery Team Officer-In-Charge, Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation...

  • A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, lifts off to reposition itself to sling load an Mi-17 helicopter during an aircraft recovery mission in Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, lifts off to reposition itself to sling load an Mi-17 helicopter during an aircraft recovery mission in Afghanistan, June 3.

  • Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out the back of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as it prepares to take off during the early morning hours for an aircraft recovery mission with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out the back of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as it prepares to take off during the early morning hours for an aircraft recovery mission with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out the back of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as it prepares to take off during the early morning hours for an aircraft recovery mission with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out the back of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as it prepares to take off during the early morning hours for an aircraft recovery mission with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out the back of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as it prepares to take off during the early morning hours for an aircraft recovery mission with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keeps watch out the back of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as it prepares to take off during the early morning hours for an aircraft recovery mission with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keeps watch out the back of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as it prepares to take off...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out the back of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as it takes off during the early morning hours for an aircraft recovery mission with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Sgt. 1st Class Edward Willis (left), quality control non-commissioned officer in charge, and Sgt. 1st Class Derek Walters, flight platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, keep watch out...

  • Sgt. Colin Gragg (left) and Spc. Timothy Wooden (right), both with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, inspect the setup of a sling load kit on an Mi-17 helicopter during the morning hours for an aircraft recovery mission with a CH-47F Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Sgt. Colin Gragg (left) and Spc. Timothy Wooden (right), both with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, inspect the setup of a sling load kit on an Mi-17 helicopter during the...

  • Soldiers from Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, help feed the sling load cables up to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, downed aircraft recovery team officer in charge, Company B, 209th, 25th CAB, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB during an aircraft recovery mission in Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Soldiers from Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, help feed the sling load cables up to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, downed aircraft recovery team officer in charge, Company B, 209th, 25th CAB, and Sgt...

  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, downed aircraft recovery team officer in charge, Company B, 209th, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB position themselves on the top of an Mi-17 helicopter for sling load from a CH-47F Chinook helicopter during an aircraft recovery mission in Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, downed aircraft recovery team officer in charge, Company B, 209th, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB position...

  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, downed aircraft recovery team officer in charge, Company B, 209th, 25th Combat Aviation Brigad, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB position themselves on the top of an Mi-17 helicopter for sling load from a CH-47F Chinook helicopter during an aircraft recovery mission in Afghanistan, June 3.

    Aircraft Recovery

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge Parra, downed aircraft recovery team officer in charge, Company B, 209th, 25th Combat Aviation Brigad, and Sgt. Colin Gragg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB position...

  • A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, flies steadily over the Afghanistan countryside with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during an aircraft recovery mission on June 3.

    Aircraft recovery

    A CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, flies steadily over the Afghanistan countryside with an Mi-17 helicopter sling loaded on its way back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan...

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Units of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade came together to execute a sling load operation on an Mi-17 helicopter in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, June 3.

Three battalions throughout the brigade all brought unique capabilities to the mission to ensure mission success for recovering of the damaged Mi-17 aircraft.

Task Force Hammerhead, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB, was asked to assist in the movement of the Mi-17 helicopter due to the lift capabilities of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter amongst its ranks.

"Due to the weight of the Mi-17 and the small area it was located in, there were only two aircraft that could get to and lift it. One was the Mi-26 with Russian air company `Vertical T

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