By Sgt. Duncan Brennan (101st Airborne)September 25, 2013
A pilot from A Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) hosted a group of Tiger Scouts for an introduction to Army aviation at Fort Campbell, Ky., September 18, 2013.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Sacha Hertslet, A Co., 6-101st CAB, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot, welcomed Tiger Scouts Den 7 of Pack 534, a group that includes his son.
"The children don't always get to see what their parents or their Soldier do," said Hertslet. "This was a great opportunity for my son and his den mates to see what we do outside of a formal demonstration."
The session was attended by about seven scouts plus parents and siblings. Hertslet showed the group a few images of some of the aircraft that are used by the 101st CAB and some of the equipment pilots use when they fly. Of all the gear that Hertslet showed, the biggest reaction came when he pulled out his flight helmet.
I think the best part of it was when the children got to try on the gear and helmet, said Carolyn Foster, den leader. They got in line multiple times to put on the helmet and look through the night vision goggles in the dark.
Once the individual gear demonstration was done, the scouts and Families headed out to the flight line where Hertslet showed them an HH-60M medevac Black Hawk helicopter. The scouts crowded around him as he walked around the helicopter and showed them some of the things he did during his pre-flight checks.
"We planned for an hour," said Hertslet. "The visit wound up lasting two hours. The kids had a real interest and a lot of questions."
The scouts are young, but the amount of enthusiasm shown by the scouts was certainly there. This was an opportunity to share and hopefully inspire the young to seek careers in the Profession of Arms.
"One of our goals in this den and pack is to leave a lasting impression," said Foster. "We inspire them to see the possibilities in the world and try to introduce them to people who've made it there.
Maybe we have some future pilots in the group from today. We talked about the career path to be a pilot to help them understand why what they're doing now in school and cub scouts how it is so important to reaching their goals."
The scouts were definitely energized about seeing what the pilots did at work. The pilot was equally as inspired by the scouts.
"This really energized me," said Hertslet. "I sensed the kids' energy and fed off that. This was a great opportunity to show off what we do outside of formal demonstrations. The pace has slowed down enough that we can reach out to the next generation of pilots."