Sgt. 1st Class Billy Payne (left) from Aubrey, Texas, project manager for the 2-45th ADT, writes down information regarding a watershed project here during a site survey Oct. 30 with (click for more)
Lt. Col. Wiley Blevins, Bamyan ETT team leader, Maj. Timothy Drake, contracting officer, and ANP Col. Mohmad Ishawk, chief of police for Waras District, discuss the positioning of a new (click for more)
Local farmers work together to construct a greenhouse during agriculture training at the Bermel District Center Oct. 28. Farmers from 10 districts in Paktika Province received training on greenhouse construction (click for more)
U.S. Army Spc. Robbie D. Nuttle II of Galena, Kan., a “sweeper” for Route Clearance Package 36, Task Force Bastogne, checks the crater of an improvised explosive device blast for (click for more)
U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Christina Churchill, first sergeant for Company D, 186th BSB, 86th IBCT and a Sheldon, Vt., resident, passes hand crank radios to a worker at the Jolala (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Malal Loynab, a Human Terrain Analyst with CJTF-101, teaches an Afghan child English during a new literacy program, which she helped start at the Egyptian Field (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Republic of Korea soldiers cook steaks at a barbecue following a ceremony commerating the sactifices the ROK and United Nations forces made during the Korean War (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A new school building in Darwish, Pol-e Alam District, was recently completed by the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team. (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Dining facilities at FOB Andar provide an indoor eating area for Soldiers to enjoy their meals and each other’s company. (click for more)
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Spc. Sarah Huntley, a medic with Company A, 86th BSTB, 86th IBCT, which is located in Bradford, Vt., shakes the hand of a young Afghan girl (click for more)
Two Task Force Falcon Soldiers received the aviation Broken Wing Award Sept. 15 at Forward Operating Base Fenty. U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jacob Crause, from Kent, Wash., and U.S. Army Capt. Patrick DuBois, Colorado Springs, Colo., both with Troop C, TF Lighthorse, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon, earned the award for their actions eight months ago.
On the morning of Jan. 19, Crause and DuBois were piloting a Kiowa Warrior helicopter departing from Jalalabad Airfield. While maneuvering to provide cover for the lead aircraft, their aircraft lost hydraulic pressure, which Crause said was like “driving a humvee truck without power steering, except it's in three dimensions, and you can't pull over to the side of the road.”
“In our particular case, it became apparent very early on that something else was not quite right with the flight controls,” said Crause. “Moving the flight controls in one direction was about three times harder than moving them in the opposite direction. This is unusual and was not the case in a previous hydraulics failure I experienced during my tour in Iraq. I realized that without the help of my left-seater, [Capt.] Dubois, I was going to have a very tough time getting the aircraft down in one piece.”
Crause began executing emergency procedures and regained stable-level flight in a wider valley. Together, with Dubois controlling the rate of decent and Crause controlling the direction of movement, the pilots maneuvered the aircraft back to the runway, notifying the tactical operations center of the situation.
As they neared the airfield, visibility decreased from five miles to half a mile due to smoke and haze. With the decreased visibility and the remaining mountainous terrain before them, Crause determined to remain at altitude to provide best clearance.
The two pilots were able to maneuver the Kiowa Warrior, land and shut down without further incident.
“The only time fear entered the equation was after we came to a complete stop and I realized what we had just done,” said Crause. “We made a pretty smooth landing; skidding to a stop after about 50 feet. I can neither confirm nor deny that we may or may not have executed a high-five in the cockpit after we came to a safe stop.”
"I am extremely proud of both Crause and Capt. Dubois,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Thomas vonEschenbach of Auburn, Ala., commander of TF Lighthorse, 3rd CAB, TF Falcon. “They were truly deserving of their Broken Wing Awards as they kept calm under the pressure of an emergency situation by making great decisions and demonstrating great technical skill in flying their aircraft from the battlefield safely back to the airfield. Their determination and skill personifies what I call the ‘Lighthorse Spirit’; a spirit that accepts every challenge and accomplishes every task assigned making the most difficult look easy."
The awards were presented by U.S. Army Col. Don Galli, commander of TF Falcon, from Haverton, Pa.
“I'm very honored to have received this award,” said Crause. “However, I hope this is my last opportunity to do so.”
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