FORT CARSON, Colorado — Advisors from Charlie Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) conducted a long distance advising mission readiness exercise with 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade.
A key task within the SFAB is the ability to conduct air movement missions with partners forces separated on the battlefield by time and space. Precision aviation assets allow advisors to access remote or restricted areas in an expedient time while allowing the advisors more time to interact with their host nation counterparts.
Team 4331 and Team 4332 conducted joint planning and operations with 3-4 AHB in order to simulate an advisory mission involving an air movement and close air support missions. The mission included a call for fire lane with attack aviation and simulated field artillery.
The teams conduced a 96 hour air assault planning process which consisted of initial planning conferences, air mission coordination meetings and a battalion air mission brief. Two separate operations were conducted during periods of darkness with night insertions to simulated foreign security force positions operating in phases of competition and conflict.
“Working with 4th CAB allowed us to exercise an essential SFAB task, while simultaneously advising a remote partner force and liaising with other assets such as attack aviation and ground fires support, said Cpt. Nathaniel Hughes. “The exercise was a great opportunity to build interoperability between 4th SFAB and other Tenant units across Ft. Carson.”