Paktika Province, Afghanistan– US Army PFC Hector Diaz, a Los Angeles native and an AH-64 Apache helicopter mechanic with Task Force Attack, inspects the auxiliary power unit of an Apache during an inspection Aug. 30th at FOB Sharana. TF Attack, an aviation unit of 1st Cav Division of Fort Hood, Texas, is attached to 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.
U.S. soldiers with 4-501st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, clean a AH-64D (Apache) after finishing training exercises with the U.S. Navy while aboard the USS Ponce. While deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, the brigade conducted joint training operations in the Persian Gulf with the U.S. Navy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Spc. Jesse Whetzel, an AH-64D Apache helicopter crew chief from Task Force Attack, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, attached to 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, prepares to replace a part on the aircraft July 22, 2011.
U.S. Army AH-64 Apache pilots perform pre-flight checks before flying leaving on a mission from Sather Air Base, Iraq on March 11, 2008. The Apaches landed at Sather because of low visibility during a dust storm.
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 Blackhawk helicopter piloted by Lt. Col. Blake Alexander, a native of San Antonio, Texas, commander, Task Force Spearhead, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, flies over the hills of western Afghanistan on its way back to FOB Shindand after departing the remote FOB Chaghcharan as the sun sets and paints the world in shades of orange. The Blackhawk was carrying personnel, tools and supplies for a Downed Aircraft Recovery Team that was sent to Chaghcharan to recover an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter. The Apache had been grounded due to damage in the rotor blade which was discovered after it received fuel at the small Lithuanian-run base. The DART consisted of maintainers from two companies within TF Spearhead, as well as maintainers from the Forward Logistics Element, 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st ACB. With hard work and dedication, the damaged rotor blade was replaced and the mission was a success. The recovered Apache was flown back safely to FOB Shindand.
(Photo by Sergeant Richard Wrigley, 12 April 2012 via DVIDS.)
OVER CENTRAL GERMANY – An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter from V Corps’ 6th Squadron, 6th U.S. Cavalry, 11th Aviation Regiment, cruises over a German village July 22, 2002, en route to its new station at Illesheim Army Airfield, Germany. The bird flew home as part of a mass formation of the squadron’s 22 Longbows. The helicopters’ return to Germany this week marks the end of a yearlong process of outfitting the squadron with the state-of-the-art Longbows as part of the Army’s transformation of aviation assets. (Photo by Bill Roche)