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Farewell old friend, you served well.

Aerial Cavalrymen of 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), fly all 30 of the squadrons’ Observational Helicopter-58D Kiowa Warriors in formation over Fort Drum, N.Y. and surrounding areas. After more than 20 years at the installation, the OH-58D will be retired after a final flight July 28, 2015, as a part of the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative, which will replace the Kiowa Warriors with a combination of Attack-Helicopter 64 Apaches and unmanned aerial vehicles. 

(Army Photo by Spc. Osama Ayyad, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Public Affairs Office), 27 JUL 2015.)

Late Night Nookie #soldierporn: Light it up.

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Bobby Guffy, assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., stands next to his OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopter on the Joint Readiness Training Center range at Fort Polk, La. during JRTC rotation 13-09. The aircraft was conducting armed scout and attack missions on Fort Polk in support of the 82nd Airborne Division.

(Photo by Tech. Sgt. Parker Gyokeres, 19 AUG 2013.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Kiowa Warrior coming home.

A OH-58D Kiowa Warrior returns from a reconnaissance mission at FOB Fenty. The Kiowa Warrior is a scout helicopter that is primarily operated in an armed reconnaissance role in support of ground troops. (Courtesy photo, 1 JUN 2014.)

Solitaire.

An OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter with Task Force Saber, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, flies past the setting sun outside Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. The helicopter was participating in partnered fire aerial-ground integration training between the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Iraqi Army Division.

(Photo by Sergeant Mike MacLeod, 21 May 2010.)