GRAFENWOEHR, Germany-- Two CH-47 Chinook Helicopters from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, "Big Windy," conducted environmental qualifications and sling-load training with M777 howitzers from Cobra Battery, Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, here, Jan. 18, 2017. Aircrews practice flying in conditions of low visibility caused by "whiteout" in areas with loose snow.

Aircrews and field artillerymen lower risk for future missions by conducting multiple training iterations in the snowy environment. The aircraft practice performing all of their tactical missions in the snowy conditions, including sling-load operations.

The Field Artillery Dragoons from 2CR conducted sling load operations with their M777 Howitzers in order to train rigging and re-rigging the howitzer for an air assault (elevator drills).

Air assault missions allow field artillerymen to move quickly on the battlefield in order to conduct suppression of enemy aerial defense missions or (SEAD).

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The 12th CAB trains and conducts aviation operations throughout the range of military operation in support of U.S. Army Europe, U.S. European Command, NATO, and in support of U.S. Central Command and U.S. African Command and other contingency locations around the globe.