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KFOR 12 Aviation Trains with Greek Soldiers

Jan 1, 2010

By Sgt. Jill Fischer

CAMP RIGAS FEREOS, KOSOVO - Members of the Bravo Co., 2-147th Aviation Battalion, based out of Ky., trained with Greek Soldiers Tuesday.

Two UH-60 Blackhawk lift helicopters and one UH-60 Blackhawk medevac helicopter were available at the Hellas camp for the Greek quick reaction force (QRF) to complete hot and cold load training along with medevac casualty loading training.

"This training is to help both our and their teams become familiar with each other, our communication and equipment, and learn to work together," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dennis Brown, pilot and command of this mission. "This training helps us get to know each other."

The Multi-National Task Force - East, KFOR 12, teams work together for emergency evacuations. The U.S. helicopters provide a means for the Hellas quick reaction force to respond to any type of emergency, typically on very short notice.

The Hellas Soldiers learned how to correctly load and unload a UH-60 Blackhawk lift helicopter with personnel, and also how to load a simulated casualty onto aUH-60 Blackhawk medevac helicopter. This training must not only be done properly, but also in a quick and cautious manner - first while the helicopter is idle, and then continue on to a helicopter just landing and taking off.

"They need to know how to load a casualty when medevac and quick reaction teams are called out," Brown said.

U.S. and Greek Soldiers will continue to train together to become more proficient at their jobs while in Kosovo.

"Multinational partners are the key to the success of the KFOR mission," said Brig. Gen. Al Dohrmann, Multi-National Task Force-East commander. "It's essential that we learn to work together so that we can accomplish our goal of ensuring a safe and secure environment for Kosovo."

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