The sound of helicopter propellers thundered across Fort Campbell Wednesday. Dirt in the air obscured the sun, leaving only a vague view of all that was around. Private First Class Brandon Wilson was among the troops engaged in Fort Campbell's downed aircraft recovery team training.
"We were rigging up this OH-58 helicopter for a sling load mission," Wilson said. "In case this was a downed aircraft, they're coming to pick it up and take it up as quickly and safely as possible."
Working as though the helicopter had crashed in a field, soldiers in the silhouette of the sun worked fast. Others laid low, acting as security forces of the perimeter.
"As soon as we hit the ground, we pretty much got the kits out, roped up everything that needed to be roped up," Wilson said.
With the aircraft prepared, the soldiers waited for a second aircraft to arrive and pick up the helicopter. It was a practice of a real-world combat situation come to an end.
"We want to make sure that the new guys are getting trained as well as refreshing the older soldiers," said Staff Sgt. Brenden MacDonald. "We're getting new soldiers every day, and we need to get them on the same page as everyone else."
"I think it's very important," added Wilson. "If we didn't do training exercises like this, we wouldn't know what we're doing. Just another great day at Fort Campbell."Copyright 2012 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.