US and Romania train sling loading operations
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare to attach cargo onto the IAR 330 Puma Helicopter, assigned to 572th Helicopter Squadron, Romanian Air Force, during practice sling load operations at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Aug. 24, 2022. The helicopter training provided U.S. Soldiers the opportunity to learn proper methods and practices for preparing and executing sling loads and medical evacuation hoists using a NATO Ally aircraft. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Pfc. Destinee Rodriguez) VIEW ORIGINAL
US and Romania train sling loading operations
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), carry notional casualties in the “SKED” stretcher during medical evacuation hoist operations, at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Aug. 24, 2022. The helicopter training provided U.S. Soldiers the opportunity to learn proper methods and practices for preparing sling loads and medical evacuation hoists using a NATO Ally aircraft. (Photo Credit: Pfc. Destinee Rodriguez) VIEW ORIGINAL

MIHAIL KOGĂLNICEANU, Romania―U.S. Soldiers, assigned to Bravo Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), practiced sling load and medical hoist operations with the Romanian Air Force, at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Aug. 23 - 24.

Sling loading is the rapid movement of equipment by helicopter, from one location to another, using sling sets, cargo nets and other specially-designed equipment. This allows units to move equipment over terrain that may be unsuitable for convoys or land movements in a timely manner.

The Romanian Air Force made this training possible, volunteering to use their aircraft and flight crew for the exercise. Members of 39th BEB used the IAR 330 Puma Helicopter for this training.

US and Romania train sling loading operations
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Romanian Air Force IAR 330 Puma Helicopter prepares to transport U.S. Army cargo secured by Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during practice sling load operations with 572th Helicopter Squadron at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Aug. 24, 2022. The helicopter training provided U.S. Soldiers the opportunity to learn proper methods and practices for preparing and executing sling loads and medical evacuation hoists using a NATO Ally aircraft. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Pfc. Destinee Rodriguez) VIEW ORIGINAL
US and Romania train sling loading operations
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), practice sling load and medical hoist operations with the Romanian Air Force 572th Helicopter Squadron-assigned IAR 330 Puma Helicopter at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Aug. 24, 2022. The helicopter training provided U.S. Soldiers the opportunity to learn proper methods and practices for preparing and executing sling loads and medical evacuation hoists using a NATO Ally aircraft. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Pfc. Destinee Rodriguez) VIEW ORIGINAL

“Not only does this help increase readiness and our preparation for getting equipment to us or to our allies,” said Sgt. 1st Class Devin Jarone, 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 39th BEB, “in the event that we have casualties and our closest asset is a Romanian aircraft, we already have that familiarization.”

Teams of four performed the medical evacuation hoist training, using “SKED” horizontal-stretcher hoist rescue systems. Teams of two practiced safely approaching the helicopter and attaching the sling load. Finally, small groups were taken out on short familiarization flights.

US and Romania train sling loading operations
U.S. Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose alongside Romanian Air Force pilots assigned to 572th Helicopter Squadron, stand in front of an IAR Puma Helicopter following sling load operations training at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Aug. 24, 2022. The helicopter training provided U.S. Soldiers the opportunity to learn proper methods and practices for preparing and executing sling loads and medical evacuation hoists using a NATO Ally aircraft. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Pfc. Destinee Rodriguez) VIEW ORIGINAL

“We want to train with our powers and our capabilities and train each other in case we need to do something,” said Romanian Air Force Capt. Alexandru Badea, a pilot with 572th Helicopter Squadron. “The partnership is very strong, and growing everyday.”