1st air cav

The “pinnacle” maneuver.

I’ve had my eyes out for another shot as proof that pilots actually train to and execute this.

Hovering with only the rear wheels touching the edge of a cliff, pilots from Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, perform a maneuver called a pinnacle in a CH-47F Chinook helicopter during a training flight, here, Aug. 26, 2010. The pinnacle allows the pilots to drop off ground forces in areas too dangerous or too difficult to fully land in.

After completing training with Iraqi army soldiers, air crews from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, make a return flight to Camp Taji, Iraq, Aug. 18. The training mission focused on teaching Iraqi army soldiers how to maneuver around aircraft during an air assault - a primary mission for air crews from 3-227th.

(Photo by Sergeant Travis Zielinski, 18 August 2009.)

[It’s probably wrong that I hear “Guh-Guh-Guh-Guh-Guh” in my head every time I see a still of one of these sexy whirlybirds. But I do. You think I’m crazy?! Okay, stand by for video. -R]

CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, wait at their UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter for a recovery team to return with the remains of a downed Unmanned Arial Vehicle which crashed into the side of a hill in northern Afghanistan while a AH-64D Apache helicopter provides security overhead Sept. 22. Recovery of the remains of downed UAVs is essential to mission success, ensuring that information vital to the mission does not fall into the wrong hands.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard Wrigley, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Division Public Affairs)

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter swiftly departs the flight line during dusk on Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 11, 2010. The helicopter is assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, which conducts aviation operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support U.S. and Iraqi forces. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski


Capt. Jonathan Mulder, company commander, Company D, Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Division, originally from South Holland, Ill., is congratulated by Col. John Novalis, commander, 1st ACB after Mulder was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during a ceremony Sept. 11. On the night of April 25, 2010, while assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Mulder was the air mission commander for an operation conducted in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mulder, while piloting a MH-47G Chinook helicopter, coordinated the rescue of another aircraft after it was critically damaged from enemy fire, while his aircraft simultaneously took heavy enemy machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire from numerous locations, according to the award’s citation.