Recent Unit Highlights
Early in the year, the battalion received news that the unit would begin fielding the UH-60M model Black Hawk in fiscal year 2015. The UH-60M is the latest and most advanced version of the Black Hawk helicopter.
The unit began the year focused on preparation for annual training in July. With the focus shifted to include collective training, the unit was able to complete a number of events, including air assault, air movement, aerial gunnery, individual and crew served weapons qualification, vehicle driver training, day and night aircraft refueling operations, and focused aircraft and ground maintenance missions.
The final event for annual training was the completion of aerial door gunnery. Gunnery provided an opportunity for all assigned crew chiefs to qualify on the M-240H machine gun under day and night vision goggle conditions.
The unit’s culminating training event was a personnel recovery lane training exercise in Salina during September drill weekend, which gave soldiers the opportunity to practice survival skills such as water procurement and fire starting.
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion) returned in September from a successful deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Approximately 45 soldiers of the company deployed to Afghanistan in November 2013 to provide aeromedical evacuation support within the division and corps under the command and control of the General Support Aviation Battalion. They also provided the rapid evacuation and movement of patients while providing en route care to higher echelons of medical treatment, movement of medical personnel and accompanying medical equipment and supplies, consistent with evacuation priorities and operational considerations, to and from points as far forward as possible. For 2015, the company will be focused on unit and family reset and reintegration activities.
Following a successful deployment in 2013, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation (General Support Aviation Battalion) spent 2014 conducting reset and recovery activities and training. Company C participated in several training events with the 108th throughout the year.
During annual training, Company C completed multiple medical evacuation training events including live hoist operations. In 2015, the company will continue to focus on medical evacuation specific training and proficiency.