The Army has several means to keep us technically proficient. Professional military education serves as the backbone of our continuous learning cycle. It is the foundation of growing leaders who can think critically and who are adaptive, agile, and capable of leading and building working relationships among all partners.
- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, emphasizes the importance of professional military education, in his article which was originally published in the 2011 Association of the United States Army Green Book.
The NCO Corps and the demands of our Profession of Arms
It's not just having the information, but what you do once it gets there, so the faster we can get it up to a level where it needs to be analyzed and to the right people who can do it -- the better it's going to be for those Soldiers on the ground. Soldiers will be safer and be able to engage the enemy quicker.
- Maj. Stephen Dail, brigade communications officer, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, updating the visiting Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, on Army's newest communication technology, during the Network Integration Evaluation 12.1 exercise at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
Commanding troops 'on the move' during NIE
OH-58D Wartime Replacement Aircraft Program
What is it?
The Wartime Replacement Aircraft (WRA) Program is an Army initiative to replace OH-58Ds that have been either destroyed or deemed uneconomically reparable and therefore must be attrited from the force. The Army is replacing wartime losses suffered by the OH-58D fleet by taking existing A model cabins and upgrading them to D model cabins and capabilities. This is done through an element of the WRA program called the A2D conversion program, which also allows the Integrated Materiel Management Center (IMMC) to meet their OPS29 requirements and have D cabins on the shelf and on hand to repair damaged OH-58D aircraft.
The Crash Battle Damage (CBD) Aircraft Program is another successful Army initiative to put Kiowas back in the fight, reduces platform sustainment costs, and contains the expense of replacing aging helicopters. The repair program began in November 2008 when CCAD, together with the Project Office for Armed Scout Helicopters (PM ASH), Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMCOM), Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) and Bell Helicopters, inducted a crash damaged OH-58D aircraft to be repaired.
What has the Army done?
Eighteen WRA cabins are on contract and 42 WRA aircraft are scheduled to be built as part of the WRA program. IMMC is purchasing some of those cabins to help rebuild Crash Battle Damage aircraft.
The first depot repair of a KW aircraft was completed in 2009 and first Crash Battle Damage aircraft in 2010. The first A2D wartime replacement cabin was completed by Bell Helicopter in June 2011. The second cabin under the current A2D conversion program is contracted for delivery in January 2012, with follow-on cabin deliveries taking place monthly starting in March 2012.
What does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army is currently working a service life assessment program to evaluate what structural improvements should be implemented to improve reliability. Enhancements would be incorporated through Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs).
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army will rely on the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior as the primary air cavalry helicopter until 2025. The Army is aggressively pursuing ways to maintain and sustain the aircraft in the fight, and continued support will be needed for ongoing fleet upgrades that address obsolescence, improve reliability, increased capability and puts OH-58Ds back in the fight.
CCAD returns third OH-58D armed scout helicopter to the fight
Corpus Christi Army Depot ramps up OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Wartime Replacement Aircraft Program
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