• Accompanied by 1st Lt. Mike Boos, far right, the interim commander of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion, Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Heupel, center, of the 11th Aviation Command, make their way out to the flight line and the CH-47 Chinook helicopters of B Company. Quinn and Heupel enjoyed a day of in-flight door gunnery practice and insertion/extraction rehearsal exercises in the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Accompanied by 1st Lt. Mike Boos, far right, the interim commander of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion, Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Heupel, center, of the 11th Aviation Command, make their way out to the...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operations Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations. Here, a JTACl counts the rest of his team as they enter to be delivered to another insertion point.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operations Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations. Here, a JTAC runs to the CH-47 helicopter where he will count the rest of his team as they enter to be delivered to another insertion point.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operations Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations. Here, JTACs exit the CH-47 helicopter as they are delivered to their insertion point.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion take to the mountains of Boise, Idaho as they practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operational Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations. Here, the CH-47 Chinook helicopter follows a river as it snakes through the Idaho landscape on June 21.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion take to the mountains of Boise, Idaho as they practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operational Squadron, Joint...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion take to the mountains of Boise, Idaho as they practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operational Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations. Here, the CH-47 Chinook helicopter follows a river as it snakes through the Idaho landscape on June 21.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion take to the mountains of Boise, Idaho as they practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operational Squadron, Joint...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion take to the mountains of Boise, Idaho as they practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operational Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations. Here, the CH-47 Chinook helicopter follows a river as it snakes through the Idaho landscape on June 21.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion take to the mountains of Boise, Idaho as they practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operational Squadron, Joint...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion take to the mountains of Boise, Idaho as they practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operational Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations. Here, the CH-47 Chinook helicopter is followed by another as it snakes through the Idaho landscape on June 21. Sitting on the back is 11th Aviation's Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Heupel, left, and B Company's Staff Sgt. Gary True.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion take to the mountains of Boise, Idaho as they practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operational Squadron, Joint...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion take to the mountains of Boise, Idaho as they practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operational Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations. Here, the CH-47 Chinook helicopter is followed by another as it snakes through the Idaho landscape on June 21. Sitting on the back is 11th Aviation's Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Heupel, left, and B Company's Staff Sgt. Gary True.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion take to the mountains of Boise, Idaho as they practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operational Squadron, Joint...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operations Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operations Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of...

  • Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command in Fort Knox, Ky., gets some "stick time" in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a visit to B Company, 1/214 General Support Aviation Battalion. Quinn enjoyed a day of flight operations that included door gunnery practice and insertion-extraction rehearsals on June 21. B Company was performing their annual training in Boise, Idaho and their commanding general stopped by to visit with the troops and observe the operations.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command in Fort Knox, Ky., gets some "stick time" in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a visit to B Company, 1/214 General Support Aviation Battalion. Quinn enjoyed a day of flight operations that...

  • Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct insertion-extraction rehearsals during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The passengers were members of the Idaho Air National Guard's 24th Aviation Support Operational Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose mission is to call in air support during joint and/or special operations.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct insertion-extraction rehearsals during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The passengers were members of the Idaho Air National Guard's 24th Aviation...

  • Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct insertion-extraction rehearsals during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The passengers were members of the Idaho Air National Guard's 24th Aviation Support Operational Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose mission is to call in air support during joint and/or special operations.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct insertion-extraction rehearsals during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The passengers were members of the Idaho Air National Guard's 24th Aviation...

  • Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command in Fort Knox, Ky., gets some "stick time" in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a visit to B Company, 1/214 General Support Aviation Battalion. Quinn enjoyed a day of flight operations that included door gunnery practice and insertion-extraction rehearsals on June 21. B Company was performing their annual training in Boise, Idaho and their commanding general stopped by to visit with the troops and observe the operations. Reflected in his visor is Mr. Richard Bovey, a Department of the Army Civilian and Chief Warrant Officer 4 aviator in the Army Reserve.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command in Fort Knox, Ky., gets some "stick time" in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a visit to B Company, 1/214 General Support Aviation Battalion. Quinn enjoyed a day of flight operations that...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operations Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operations Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operations Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of...

  • Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of the 24th Aviation Support Operations Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers whose job it is to direct air assests in support of various joint and special operations.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Training for the mountains of Afghanistan, the Army Reserve and Idaho Air National Guard take to the mountains near Boise, Idaho on June 21. Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion practice inserting and extracting airmen of...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Huepel of the 11th Aviation Command, sits on the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter with crew chief Staff Sgt. Gary True of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion, during insertion/extraction practice near Boise, Idaho on June 21. B Company, out of Fort Lewis, Wash., was conducting annual training, which also included door gunnery with the M240B machine gun.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Huepel of the 11th Aviation Command, sits on the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter with crew chief Staff Sgt. Gary True of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion, during insertion/extraction practice near Boise...

  • Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command in Fort Knox, Ky., gets some "stick time" in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a visit to B Company, 1/214 General Support Aviation Battalion. Quinn enjoyed a day of flight operations that included door gunnery practice and insertion-extraction rehearsals on June 21. B Company was performing their annual training in Boise, Idaho and their commanding general stopped by to visit with the troops and observe the operations.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command in Fort Knox, Ky., gets some "stick time" in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a visit to B Company, 1/214 General Support Aviation Battalion. Quinn enjoyed a day of flight operations that...

  • Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct door gunnery practice during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The current weapon used is the M240B machine gun. Pictured is Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Heupel of the 11th Aviation Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct door gunnery practice during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The current weapon used is the M240B machine gun. Pictured is Command Sgt. Maj. Neil...

  • Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct door gunnery practice during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The current weapon used is the M240B machine gun. Pictured is Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Heupel of the 11th Aviation Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct door gunnery practice during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The current weapon used is the M240B machine gun. Pictured is Command Sgt. Maj. Neil...

  • Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct door gunnery practice during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The current weapon used is the M240B machine gun. Pictured is Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct door gunnery practice during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The current weapon used is the M240B machine gun. Pictured is Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn...

  • Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct door gunnery practice during annual training in Boise, Idaho on June 21. The current weapon used is the M240B machine gun. Pictured is Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct door gunnery practice during annual training in Boise, Idaho on June 21. The current weapon used is the M240B machine gun. Pictured is Brig. Gen. Pete...

  • A view over the sights of an M240B machine gun mounted in the door of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. During annual training, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conducted gunnery practice in Boise, Idaho on June 21.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    A view over the sights of an M240B machine gun mounted in the door of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. During annual training, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conducted gunnery practice in Boise...

  • A view over the sights of an M240B machine gun mounted in the door of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. During annual training, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conducted gunnery practice in Boise, Idaho on June 21.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    A view over the sights of an M240B machine gun mounted in the door of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. During annual training, Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conducted gunnery practice in Boise...

  • A CH-47 Chinook helicopter as seen from the back of another during the annual training of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion on June 21. The Fort Lewis-based unit was conducting various operations, including door gunnery and insertion/extraction practice near Boise, Idaho.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    A CH-47 Chinook helicopter as seen from the back of another during the annual training of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion on June 21. The Fort Lewis-based unit was conducting various operations, including door gunnery and...

  • Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command at Fort knox, Ky., gets primary marksmanship instruction from Sgt. Brydon Parker before getting some door gunnery practice with Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion on June 21 in Boise, Idaho.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command at Fort knox, Ky., gets primary marksmanship instruction from Sgt. Brydon Parker before getting some door gunnery practice with Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion on June...

  • Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct door gunnery practice during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The current weapon used is the M240B machine gun. Practice was also conducted with a protective mask.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct door gunnery practice during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The current weapon used is the M240B machine gun. Practice was also conducted with a...

  • Gunnery targets on an Idaho range simulate people next to a generic structure. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21 during annual training near Boise. Company B is out of Fort Lewis, Wash. Here, the silhouettes are partially obscured by the dust kicked up by accurate fire.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Gunnery targets on an Idaho range simulate people next to a generic structure. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21...

  • Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command in Fort Knox, Ky., gets some "stick time" in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a visit to B Company, 1/214 General Support Aviation Battalion. Quinn enjoyed a day of flight operations that included door gunnery practice and insertion-extraction rehearsals on June 21. B Company was performing their annual training in Boise, Idaho and their commanding general stopped by to visit with the troops and observe the operations.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command in Fort Knox, Ky., gets some "stick time" in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a visit to B Company, 1/214 General Support Aviation Battalion. Quinn enjoyed a day of flight operations that...

  • Gunnery targets on an Idaho range simulate people next to a generic structure. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21 during annual training near Boise. Company B is out of Fort Lewis, Wash. Here, the silhouettes are obscured by the dust kicked up by accurate fire.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Gunnery targets on an Idaho range simulate people next to a generic structure. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21...

  • Gunnery targets on an Idaho range simulate people next to a generic structure. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21 during annual training near Boise. Company B is out of Fort Lewis, Wash.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Gunnery targets on an Idaho range simulate people next to a generic structure. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21...

  • Gunnery targets on an Idaho range simulate people next to a generic structure. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21 during annual training near Boise. Company B is out of Fort Lewis, Wash. The dark brown areas are where, the day before, brush fires broke out due to the dryness combined with the weapons fire. The unit's mission then switched from gunnery to fire fighting.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Gunnery targets on an Idaho range simulate people next to a generic structure. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21...

  • A Gunnery target on an Idaho range simulates a generic pick up truck. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21 during annual training near Boise. Company B is out of Fort Lewis, Wash.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    A Gunnery target on an Idaho range simulates a generic pick up truck. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21 during...

  • Gunnery targets on an Idaho range simulate people next to a generic structure. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21 during annual training near Boise. Company B is out of Fort Lewis, Wash.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Gunnery targets on an Idaho range simulate people next to a generic structure. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21...

  • Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct door gunnery practice during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The current weapon used is the M240B machine gun. Pictured is crew chief Sgt. Christopher Barton.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Soldiers of Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., conduct door gunnery practice during annual training in Boise, Idaho. The current weapon used is the M240B machine gun. Pictured is crew chief Sgt. Christopher...

  • Gunnery targets on an Idaho range simulate enemy next to a generic vehicle. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21 during annual training near Boise. Company B is out of Fort Lewis, Wash.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Gunnery targets on an Idaho range simulate enemy next to a generic vehicle. Soldiers of B Company, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion got some practice firing the M240B door mounted machine gun from their CH-47 Chinook helicopters on June 21...

  • Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command in Fort Knox, Ky., presents a coin to one of the Soldiers of B Company, 1/214 General Support Aviation Battalion, after a day of flight operations that included door gunnery practice and insertion-extraction rehearsals on June 21. B Company was performing their annual training in Boise, Idaho and their commanding general stopped by to visit with the troops and observe the operations.

    11th Aviation commander joins in gunnery and flight activities

    Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command in Fort Knox, Ky., presents a coin to one of the Soldiers of B Company, 1/214 General Support Aviation Battalion, after a day of flight operations that included door gunnery practice and...

BOISE, Idaho -- As Company B, 1/214th General Support Aviation Battalion conducted their annual training in and around the mountains of Boise, Brig. Gen. Pete Quinn, commander of the 11th Aviation Command, stopped by to observe some of the training on June 21.
With hands-on leadership, Quinn didn't just stand by and watch, he also participated, as did Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Heupel. The morning's training consisted of door gunnery practice where the CH-47 Chinook helicopters flew along a firing range with silhouettes of enemy and generic vehicles, as well as actual junked cars, used as targets for the M240H machine guns mounted in each of the chopper doors. The pilot would call out the distance and direction to the firers who would in turn engage the targets with deadly accurate fire. An important part of B Company's wartime mission includes being proficient at aerial gunnery, which begins with individual qualification on aircraft weapon systems and builds upon those skills with unit collective training. "Training our Soldiers is a top priority and our units focus training on their wartime mission." Quinn stated. "The 11th Aviation Command prepares its Soldiers and units to deploy, fight and win in combat."
After the gunnery and a refueling stop, they were back in the air over the Idaho mountains practicing insertion and extraction of the Air National Guard's 24th Aviation Support Operations Squadron, Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers to and from various landing zones. The Air Force JTACs' job is to direct air assets in support of various joint and special operations missions, which have become increasingly important during our most recent conflicts which have proven to be persistent and asymmetrical.
Quinn, who also had a chance to get some "stick time," was quite pleased with what he saw during his short visit. "I have always have been very impressed with the skills and professionalism of B Company," he said. "And watching their officers and non-commissioned officers in action during this training event only strengthened my belief that this unit can perform any mission asked of it, and with outstanding results."

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