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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Five Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, graduated from the Air Assault Course here October 28.

    Soldiers who attend this course learn the basics of Air Assault operations, including sling-loading, aircraft safety, aero-medical evacuation procedures, pathfinder operations and rappelling. After Soldiers graduate the course they are able to make maximum use of helicopter assets during their unit’s training operations and in combat.

    Not only did the Soldiers learn about Air Assault operations, but they also learned more about themselves too.

    “Training like Air Assault is useful in many ways, not only to become Air Assault qualified, but to learn attention to detail and what mental and physical things you can handle,” said Pfc. Lindsay N. Sheppard, a driver and administrative assistant in HHB, 69 ADA.

    The Soldiers who graduated the course from HHB, 69 ADA, were from the ranks of private first class through sergeant first class, and they had as little as 10 months time in service, all the way up to just under 10 years time in service.

    Although many of the Soldiers wanted to join the course for a physical and mental challenge, each person had their own motivation for attending and persevering through the training.

    “Any training opportunity that I am afforded is just another tool that I can add to my knowledge base in order to be a more well rounded leader,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason D. Trahan, an operations Noncommissioned Officer in HHB, 69 ADA.

    “I wanted to stand out from my battle buddies who chose not to do it. Air Assault will help my career by letting fellow Soldiers, NCOs and Officers know that there is no task too hard for me to accomplish,” said Spc. Scott R. Capers, a human resource specialist in the brigade.

    The course is a mixture of classroom and hands-on training. Most of the Soldiers commented on the most memorable experience being rappelling out of a helicopter, and the most important skill they used overall was paying attention to detail.

    “The Air Assault course stresses attention to detail. From day zero you learn to pay attention to the smallest things, and this is the thing that will carry over into everyday Army life the most,” said Pfc. Thomas Elo, an air defense battle management systems operator in HHB, 69 ADA.

    “The training requires thinking outside of the box and developing a skill set that otherwise would rarely be taught in a traditional unit,” Trahan said.

    The skills that the five Soldiers from HHB, 69 ADA learned will be useful to them throughout their Army careers as well as in the civilian world. The motivation and dedication to a challenge will be something they can carry on through all aspects of their lives and are qualities that will never steer them in the wrong direction.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Five Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, graduated from the Air Assault Course here October 28.

    Soldiers who attend this course learn the basics of Air Assault operations, including sling-loading, aircraft safety, aero-medical evacuation procedures, pathfinder operations and rappelling. After Soldiers graduate the course they are able to make maximum use of helicopter assets during their unit’s training operations and in combat.

    Not only did the Soldiers learn about Air Assault operations, but they also learned more about themselves too.

    “Training like Air Assault is useful in many ways, not only to become Air Assault qualified, but to learn attention to detail and what mental and physical things you can handle,” said Pfc. Lindsay N. Sheppard, a driver and administrative assistant in HHB, 69 ADA.

    The Soldiers who graduated the course from HHB, 69 ADA, were from the ranks of private first class through sergeant first class, and they had as little as 10 months time in service, all the way up to just under 10 years time in service.

    Although many of the Soldiers wanted to join the course for a physical and mental challenge, each person had their own motivation for attending and persevering through the training.

    “Any training opportunity that I am afforded is just another tool that I can add to my knowledge base in order to be a more well rounded leader,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason D. Trahan, an operations Noncommissioned Officer in HHB, 69 ADA.

    “I wanted to stand out from my battle buddies who chose not to do it. Air Assault will help my career by letting fellow Soldiers, NCOs and Officers know that there is no task too hard for me to accomplish,” said Spc. Scott R. Capers, a human resource specialist in the brigade.

    The course is a mixture of classroom and hands-on training. Most of the Soldiers commented on the most memorable experience being rappelling out of a helicopter, and the most important skill they used overall was paying attention to detail.

    “The Air Assault course stresses attention to detail. From day zero you learn to pay attention to the smallest things, and this is the thing that will carry over into everyday Army life the most,” said Pfc. Thomas Elo, an air defense battle management systems operator in HHB, 69 ADA.

    “The training requires thinking outside of the box and developing a skill set that otherwise would rarely be taught in a traditional unit,” Trahan said.

    The skills that the five Soldiers from HHB, 69 ADA learned will be useful to them throughout their Army careers as well as in the civilian world. The motivation and dedication to a challenge will be something they can carry on through all aspects of their lives and are qualities that will never steer them in the wrong direction.