Soldiers from 529th Regimental Support Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), conducted sling load operations September 22 at the Davison Air Field, Fort Belvoir, Va. The mission was to attach cables from their Humvee to the underbelly of a UH1 Blackhawk while in the air.

"The training began with instructions on proper inspection and equipment preparation for transport," said Sgt. Frederick D. Woods, 529th RSC Supply & Physical Security NCOIC. "Once we were on the air field, one Soldier was the ground coordinator with Sgt. First Class Byrd to guide the chopper. Two Soldiers helped with connecting the cables to the chopper, one to hook up and one to support. Once this was complete, we moved safely to the wood line and watched the chopper do its magic. This training was hands on and very informational, in this day and age we need this to be combat ready."