Air Force

May 11, 2012

RED HORSE airborne engineers pave the way

Tags:
By Staff Sgt. Chris Hubenthal
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Troy Hollis, 820th RED HORSE Squadron airborne flight, checks equipment for Staff Sgt. Nick Urban, 820th RED HORSE Squadron airborne flight, prior to a static-line jump mission April 25, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Ten Airmen of the 820th RHS participated in the static-line jump mission.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Jumping out of the back of a C-130 Hercules, thousands of feet above the ground, is only a small part of the mission of the 820th RED HORSE Squadron airborne flight. Air drops are just another means to arrive at their destination to apply their light construction capabilities.

Tech. Sgt. Mitch Romag, 820th RED HORSE Squadron airborne flight jump master, values the training his flight is able to receive.

“Our guys benefit from this training by staying proficient in their job operations. The more you jump, the more comfortable you are and the better you get at it,” Romag said. “The less you jump, the more potential for injury is present.”

Air drop and air insert skill sets are easily lost if training isn’t emphasized. Repetition allows airborne RED HORSE Airmen to become a highly capable force.

“Anytime you do an air drop operation, you have to conduct what is called a pre-jump training,” Romag said. “That involves the air brief and practicing the actual jump. We have a mock up door of a C-130 Hercules outside where we can train and focus on certain details.”

A U.S. Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controller gets pulled by his parachute after landing during a training mission, April 26, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. A static line parachute allows jumps from very low altitudes since the chute opens immediately after the jumper leaves the aircraft.

The mission doesn’t end after the paratroopers exit the aircraft. The bulk of the operational requirements occur after landing successfully on the ground.

“The flight is designed to be a bridge between the seizure force and the follow-on forces,” Romag said. “We get to a runway where we apply light construction to involve airfield damage repair and set up of the landing zone.”

Once paratroopers reach the ground, Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Alessi, 820th RED HORSE Squadron airborne flight pavements and construction equipment operator, is the lead RED HORSE Airman on the ground during runway crater operations.

“The reason we drop in is we’re going into an area where aircraft is unable to land,” Alessi said. “We go in with the ability to repair the runway or to create a brand new landing zone so the follow-on forces of RED HORSE can arrive on location.”

Crater repair is one of the light constructions the RED HORSE airborne flight specializes in. Alessi is in charge of overseeing the task to completion.

“With crater repairs, we’re pretty much looking to make sure everything is being compacted so when the C-130’s land on the strip the aircraft will take no damage,” Alessi said.

Airmen train on a simulated bombed-out runway to ensure mission readiness and preparedness for their missions.

Airmen from the 820th RED HORSE Squadron airborne flight move equipment to a training site to fix a simulated runway during a training mission April 26, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. RED HORSE Combat Engineer Flights provide special capabilities to conduct expedient repairs to airfield surfaces and evaluate supporting infrastructure for potential follow-on forces.

“If the aircraft comes in hot and lands at the wrong angle and you have not compacted an area to what it needs to be, you’re going to cause damage to either the aircraft, or someone is going to lose their life,” Alessi said.

Training to fight and maintaining expertise in their mission are tasks the Airmen of the 820th RED HORSE airborne flight take very seriously. With a team of 40 airborne qualified members, the flight is a professional and proficient force.

From the air to the ground, the 820th RED HORSE Squadron airborne flight has the ability to operate anywhere around the world at any time.

“If you need light construction anywhere in the world, you can call us and we can get it there,” Romag said.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle

57th AMXS TSgt saves AF $5 million

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Tech. Sgt. Dennis Hertlein, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit specialist expediter, poses in front of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Nellis Air...
 
 

NTTR supports first F-35B integration into USMC’s weapons school exercise

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Nevada Test and Training Range was part of history April 21, when four U.S. Marine Corps-assigned F-35B Lightning IIs participated in its first Marine Corps’ Final Exercise of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course on the NTTR’s ranges. The Final Exercise, or FINEX, is the capstone event to...
 
 

April is America’s PrepareAthon month

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Everyone plays an important role in bolstering our preparedness for hazards of all types. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched the “America’s PrepareAthon” campaign to build and sustain national preparedness. Thousands of individuals, organizations, schools, and local governments across the nation are actively participating in America’s Pr...
 

 

Who has heard of Special Victims’ Counsel?

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — When I first briefed the Special Victims’ Counsel Program at Right Start and First Term Airman Center briefings here, audience participation was slim to none. It appeared as though the group I briefed was not interested in learning more about our program or that they didn’t know anything about...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash

AF top leaders hold event for Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention Month

U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash Air Force senior leadership locks arms with members of the Air Staff who lined the Arnold Corridor in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, in the Pentagon April 20. ...
 
 

Presidential Volunteer Service Award winners recognized

Col. Robert Ramsden, 99th Air Base Wing vice commander, poses with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award bronze category winners during the civilian volunteer appreciation ceremony held at The Club on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 16. The Presidential Volunteer Service Award was given to individuals who completed 100 to 249 hours of volunteer service...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin