• Pathfinder Platoon Leader 1st Lt. Craig Barnhill, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, uses rocks during a break to discuss security formations with Staff Sgt. Christopher Greer 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB, during Personnel Recovery Team training at Forward Operating Base Shindand, Afghanistan, Sept. 10.

    Security formations

    Pathfinder Platoon Leader 1st Lt. Craig Barnhill, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, uses rocks during a break to discuss security formations with Staff Sgt. Christopher Greer 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation...

  • Senior Pathfinder Instructor, Staff Sgt. David Taber, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, explains hand signals used for in flight communication with Personnel Recovery Team members with 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB, during PRT training at Forward Operating Base Shindand, Afghanistan, Sept. 11.

    Hand signals

    Senior Pathfinder Instructor, Staff Sgt. David Taber, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, explains hand signals used for in flight communication with Personnel Recovery Team members with 3rd Battalion, 158th...

  • Personnel Recovery Team members with 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, hold formation as their UH-60 Black Hawk lifts off during PRT training at Forward Operating Base Shindand, Afghanistan, Sept. 11.

    Eating dust

    Personnel Recovery Team members with 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, hold formation as their UH-60 Black Hawk lifts off during PRT training at Forward Operating Base Shindand, Afghanistan, Sept. 11.

  • Personnel Recovery Team Medic, Staff Sgt. Adam Heath, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, inspects the condition of simulated medical patient, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade commander, Col. Frank Tate, during PRT training at Forward Operating Base Shindand, Afghanistan, Sept. 11.

    At the center of it all

    Personnel Recovery Team Medic, Staff Sgt. Adam Heath, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, inspects the condition of simulated medical patient, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade commander, Col. Frank Tate, during PRT...

  • Personnel Recovery Team member, Spc. Enrique Marquez (Right), 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, monitors the vital signs of simulated medical patient, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade commander, Col. Frank Tate, while Sgt. Joshua Faulkner (Background), 3-158th, calls in a 9-line MEDEVAC during PRT training at Forward Operating Base Shindand, Afghanistan, Sept. 11.

    Calling it in

    Personnel Recovery Team member, Spc. Enrique Marquez (Right), 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, monitors the vital signs of simulated medical patient, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade commander, Col. Frank Tate, while...

  • The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Jesus Ruiz explains the importance of memorizing the 9-line MEDEVAC to Spc. Gregory Waggoner, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB, during Personnel Recovery Team training at Forward Operating Base Shindand, Afghanistan, Sept. 11.

    The nine-line

    The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Jesus Ruiz explains the importance of memorizing the 9-line MEDEVAC to Spc. Gregory Waggoner, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB, during Personnel Recovery Team training at Forward...

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHINDAND, Afghanistan - Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, (Task Force Storm), received training for a recently formed Personnel Recovery Team at Forward Operating Base Shindand, Afghanistan, Sept. 10 and 11.

A personal recovery team is the first element to arrive at a scene in the event of an aircraft crash or forced landing. The purpose of the PRT is to provide security, recover personnel from the aircraft, and provide emergency medical care when necessary.

The team consisted mostly of volunteers from all of the companies within TF Storm. While the soldiers on the team all had their own reasons for volunteering, most of them followed a similar theme.

"If we can do more than our given jobs to contribute to the team then that's what being a soldier is all about," said Staff Sgt. Christopher Greer, PRT noncommissioned officer in-charge and career counselor for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3-158.

Spc. Nicholas Ketchum, an Aircraft Powertrain Repairer with Company D, 3-158, is one of the soldiers who volunteered for the team. "This is something not everyone gets a chance to do," said Ketchum. "It's important because we have the potential to save lives and make a difference."

The aviation battalion was transferred to the command of the 25th CAB in early September following the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters' redeployment to Germany.

"We immediately began working with Task Force Storm to build a responsive and capable Personnel Recovery Team to respond to any downed aircraft event across the wide expanse of terrain in Regional Command West," said 25th CAB commander, Col. Frank Tate.

The PRT received training, supervision and guidance from Pathfinders of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB, who traveled to FOB Shindand with Tate for the event.

"It is important for all aviation units to have their own personal recovery team so they can secure their own downed pilots," said Senior Pathfinder Instructor Staff Sgt. David Taber, F/2-25 AVN, who was selected to advise and assist in the team's development. "Never leave a fallen comrade is part of the words we live by."

Tate participated in the training first hand by taking on the role of a simulated medical patient, where he was able to analyze the team's proficiency from a first-person perspective.

"I think this is was a great opportunity for the Brigade to come down and support us," said Greer. "[The visit] has been very motivational and its feels good to know we have higher support."

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