GRAFENWOEHR TRAINING AREA, Germany - Soldiers from 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division took part in training exercise "Dynamic Raid" alongside the 2nd Calvary Regiment on March 11-13, 2019.
The purpose of this training exercise was to support a ground unit conducting an M777 gun raid. The 2-1 GSAB "Fighting Eagles" displayed their heavy lift capabilities with their CH-47 Chinooks and their ability to complete insertions and airlift transportation of supplies with their UH-60 Black Hawks.
Over the course of this exercise, five Black Hawks from 2-1 GSAB conducted scout insertions into various observation points, sling load operations, and aerial resupply missions in preparation for the culmination gun raid.
"The Fighting Eagles have trained hard over the last 18 months to transition into a force most ready to fight near-peer," said Lt. Col. Khirsten Schwenn, commander, 2-1 GSAB.
A training exercise like this takes planning. Prior to the start of the mission, 2-1 GSAB integrated with the 2nd Calvary Regiment "Dragoons" for critical coordination and planning. The GSAB then established a forward arming and refueling point, or FARP, and the battalion tactical operations center.
Once the Black Hawks completed their mission, six of the Fighting Eagles's Chinooks executed a gun raid. This included sling loading and forward positioning five M777 Ultralightweight Field Howitzer artillery pieces and their crews. This enabled the Dragoons to quickly focus combat power prior to their Table 18 gunnery and combined live fire exercise.
"The Fighting Eagles will continue to seek out and develop tough and realistic training for our team while providing exceptional aviation support to the ground force" said Schwenn. "We look forward to challenging missions in austere conditions where our Aviators, controllers and supports will continue to grow as a team and exceed expectations."
This exercise allowed 1st Combat Aviation Brigade and 2-1 GSAB to validate mission planning, command post operations, and increase proficiency in several mission essential tasks while training with a ground unit.