Air Assault!

 Posted by on June 15, 2012  West Point
Jun 152012

After eleven days of hard work, lots of learning, and far too many push-ups to count, I graduated today from the U.S. Army’s Air Assault School.

Air Assault School trains soldiers in the basic of helicopter operations – a valuable asset when considering the difficult missions faced by troops around the world.  The training is broken into three phases: Pathfinder operations (identifying various helicopters and learning how to use hand and arm signals to guide helicopters and establish landing zones), Slingload operations (learning to attach water trailers, armored vehicles, howitzers, and other items to helicopters for transportation), and Rappelling operations (learning to rappel and fast-rope off of towers and out of helicopters).

At the conclusion of training, the Sabalauski Air Assault School, run by members of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), awards students a set of Air Assault “wings.”  I’m proud of my wings (my dad got his set back in 1985), and I look forward to attending more Army schools as my career progresses.

Air Assault graduation photo

Air Assault graduates from F-3. I'm at the far right.