Falcon Flyer, 1 NOV 2012


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Falcon Flyer, 1 NOV 2012

  1. 1. the F Volume 1, Issue 1 alcon lyer “Be proud of the legacy we inherit “Marne Air!” November 1, 2012 and continue to embody.” A message to the Marne Air Family ed combat the tough missions we will face from Commander Col. Allan M. Pepin training cen- and do it to standard. Marne Air Soldiers and est confidence that ter rotations, Marne Air Soldiers, you Families, it remains an honor Marne Air Soldiers high-altitude should be proud of the great for my wife Heather and I to will serve with disci- mountainous legacy we inherit and will con- serve for, with and along side pline, high standards environmental tinue to embody. Our mission you. We’re inspired by your and distinction as we training, air- in Afghanistan will be success- selfless service to one another, accomplish our mis- ground integra- ful because of the training, the 3rd Combat Aviation Bri- sion. We will over- Col. Allan M. Pepin, commander,tion with fellow teamwork and sacrifices of our gade, the Marne Division, our come any challenges 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade Marne brigades Soldiers, as well as the support Army and our Nation. we face, as all Dogface Soldiers and other conventional and and sacrifices of our Families. Once again, the United States have done since 1917. special operations forces, avi- I encourage you to participate of America has called upon the We are deploying to face com- ation and ground mission-es- in Family Readiness Group ac- 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade bat. Fighting in Afghanistan, sential tasks, sustainment tivities and help strengthen to deploy to Afghanistan. It is like fighting anywhere, comes training, resiliency and more. the bonds between you and a mission we have prepared for with an inherent risk requiring This has set the conditions for your fellow Soldiers and Family since the brigade redeployed in unit, Soldier and Family read- the deployment. Our readiness Members. Your support net- November 2010. iness and resiliency. This in- is essential to our mission suc- work is the key to your success. I believe we have the best com- cludes physical, mental, spiri- cess. In no way was this easy, Include yourselves in the net- bat aviation brigade Soldiers in tual, social and family strength. but if it was easy, then anyone work of our local community. the Army, and I have the great- Our training has includ- could do it. Few can execute See CMDR, Pg. 2 A Message from the Chief Warrant Officer of the Brigade Chief Warrant Officer Randy Godfrey and train our systems and op- to prepare us mentally, physi- Marne Air and Rock of the arms. 3rd Combat Aviation Bri- erations. We enable aviation cally, and emotionally for this Marne! It is a privilege to an- gade continues to be the most support through reconnais- challenging mission, enemy, swer the nation’s call for ser- deployed CAB. This is a testa- sance, security, air assault, re- and location. vice in Afghanistan with my ment to our soldiers’ dedica- supply, maintenance, tracking, Our warrant officers contin- fellow brothers and sisters in tion to service and proven mis- and command. Our priority is ued professional development INSIDE sion accomplishment. Warrant Officers always no-fail support of our ground forces. through training to become instructor pilots, maintenance are self aware and Upon our return from the test pilots, safety officers, tacti-CMDR’s Message Cont’d. . 2 adaptive technical previous deployment, train- cal operations officers, aviationCWOB Cont’d . . . . . . . . . . . 2 experts, combat lead- ing and preparation immedi- life support officers, electronic ers, trainers and advi- ately began for the next call warfare officers, and armamentNew CSM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 sors. Warrant Officers to action. During training, we officers. We also found time in603rd CLFX . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 command our aircraft replicated the missions and en- the schedule to attend profes- and missions. They vironments for our area of op- sional military education. TheFRSA Message . . . . . . . . . . . 4 supervise, manage, erations. We honed our skills See CWOB, Pg. 2
  2. 2. The Falcon Flyer November 1, 2012 CWOB, cont’d from Pg. 1 CAB even facilitated the Aviation Know that our soldiers are trained Warrant Officer Advanced Course and ready to support our Afghani- at Hunter allowing our warrants stan partners. Afghanistan will be officers to spend time with families a safer country, which ensures our instead of away. These skills will nation’s safety. It will be one less ensure mission planning, execu- place for our enemies to hide and tion, and successful completion of to plan attacks on all of us. • combat operations. CMDR, cont’d from Pg. 1 There’s no better community in We are committed to helping the which to serve. Afghan Security Forces build an in- In August 2011, the Secretary of dependent and self-sustaining se- the Army announced the reduc- curity. We are committed to giving tion of the deployment rotation to the Afghan people a better hope nine months. One of the significant for their future. changes to the policy was the elim- We are blessed to have Lt. Col. ination of environmental and mor- Cory Sena and his wife Lynette al leave, more commonly referred as the brigade rear-detachment to as ‘R&R.’ I realize your Soldier command team. He is a prov- may miss certain events important en leader and a former battalion to your family, but it is the selfless commander within this brigade. service of Soldiers and Families I couldn’t have asked for a better that elevates us. pair to support our Soldiers and Our ability to operate in complex Families during this deployment. and changing environments, as Thank you again for your service. well as change the conditions we My wife Heather and I wish you the will face, is founded on the fact very best as you plan and prepare that we have the best Soldiers, for the challenges of an upcoming U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Luke Rollins Families and Leaders this coun- deployment. But the sacrifices andCol. Allan M. Pepin, commander of the 3rd Combat AviationBrigade, Third Infantry Division, leads a formation of Marne try has to offer. The key to this accomplishments of Soldiers andAir Soldiers Mar. 17 during the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Pa- strength is remaining mindful that their Families are what makes thisrade in Savannah, Ga. The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade is we are a serving a cause greater nation strong.•America’s largest and is second largest in the world after the than ourselves.parade in Dublin, Ireland. The Falcon Flyer The Falcon Flyer is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of The Falcon Flyer are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by the U.S. Government, Department of the Army or Task Force Falcon the 3rd Infantry Division. Everything advertised in this publication Commander - Col. Allan M. Pepin shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard Command Sergeant Major - Command Sgt. Maj. James Snyder to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical Chief Warrant Officer of the Brigade - Chief Warrant Officer 5 handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the Randy Godfrey purchaser, user, or patron. All editorial content of The Falcon Flyer is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the Task Force Falcon Public Affairs Office. Task Force Falcon Public Affairs TF Falcon PAO - Capt. Chad Ashe Do you have a story to share? The Falcon Flyer welcomes submissions TF Falcon PA NCOIC, Falcon Flyer Editor - Sgt. Luke Rollins from readers. Send to the Task Force Falcon PAO at pao3cab@hotmail. com. The Falcon Flyer reserves the right to edit all submissions. For further information on deadlines, questions or comments, email Task Force Falcon Public Affairs. 2
  3. 3. The Falcon Flyer November 1, 20123rd CAB Welcomes New CSMby Sgt. Luke Rollins, 3rd CAB Public Affairs HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. humbled to be associated with – The 3rd Combat Aviation Bri- you and call you my brothers gade, Third Infantry Division, bid and sisters,” said Blair. “You are farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. the best combat aviation brigade. Patrick Blair during a change of Thanks for everything you do in responsibility ceremony Sept. 12 the service of this nation.” at the flight line, and welcomed Colonel Pepin also praised in- Command Sgt. Maj. James Snyder coming Command Sgt. Maj. Sny- as the new brigade command ser- der, saying the task force was geant major. fortunate to have an incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Blair is slat- brigade command sergeant ma- ed to assume responsibility of the jor of such high standards. 1st Aviation Brigade, U.S. Army “He’s a battle tested leader,” Aviation Center of Excellence at said Col. Pepin. “I know you will Fort Rucker, Ala. lead from up front, and I have the Colonel Allan Pepin, command- greatest confidence that he will er of the 3rd CAB, said Command carry on the great legacy of the Sgt. Maj. Blair exemplified the command sergeants major who Army Values during his tenure. have led before him.” “Command Sgt. Maj. Blair was Command Sgt. Maj. Snyder said the best noncommissioned offi- he looked forward to the oppor- cer battle buddy I’ve ever served tunities and challenges that lay with, and I’ve served with some ahead. great ones,” said Col. Pepin. “Un- “I will always keep the welfare compromising in integrity, moral of our Soldiers and accomplish- courage and standards, you were ment of the mission in the upper- a great NCO, role model and lead- most of my mind,” said Snyder. • er, but I’m proud to have also called you a friend.” Command Sgt. Maj. Blair U.S Army photo by Sgt. Luke Rollins thanked his family and all theCommand Sgt. Maj. James Snyder, incoming brigade command Soldiers of the 3rd CAB for mak-sergeant major of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Third Infan-try Division, sings “The Dogface Soldier” Song during the bri- ing his time in Savannah special.gade change of responsibility ceremony Sept. 12 at the Hunter “It has been my pleasure toArmy Airfield, Ga., flight line. work with you and I am forever603rd ASB Qualifies At CLFXby Sgt. Luke Rollins, 3rd CAB Public AffairsFORT STEWART, Ga. — Sol- ing grounds, with their acres ofdiers from Headquarters Sup- tall pines and forest growth, dif-port Company, 603rd Aviation fer in terrain from the mountainsSupport Battalion, 3rd Combat and arid flatlands of Afghanistan,Aviation Brigade, participated in where the 603rd ASB is scheduledthe culminating event of their to deploy later this year, the ob-seven-month training cycle Sept stacles the HSC Soldiers faced13, qualifying in a convoy life fire prepared them directly for theexercise at Fort Stewart, Ga. challenges of convoy operations. “We threw a lot of the stuff Seven vehicles traversed thewe’ve been practicing over the training line for more than twopast seven months into today’s hours, encountering small armsexercise, and I think our Sol- fire and improvised explosivedier’s performed spectacularly,” devices. The convoy took sever-said 1st Lt. Scott Moe, the com- al simulated casualties, requir- U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Luke Rollinspany executive officer and offi- ing the Soldiers to respond with Spc. Robert Allen III, a radio communications security repairmencer-in-charge of the qualification. medical evacuation and first re- with Headquarters Support Company, 603rd Aviation Support Although the Fort Stewart train- See CLFX, Pg. 4 Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, engages targets during a convoy live fire training exercise Sept. 13 at Fort Stewart, Ga. 3
  4. 4. The Falcon Flyer November 1, 2012CLFX, cont’d from Pg. 3sponse training. Specialist Robert Allen III, a ra-dio communications security re- A message from thepairmen with HSC, 60rd ASB, saidthe day’s events gave him fullconfidence in his company’s de-ployment readiness. “We’re basically a huge family,”said Allen. “I would trust any ofthem with my life. Today’s train-ing was great, and I was glad to bewith everybody here.” After the convoy made it back,1st Lt. Moe reviewed the group’sperformance, praising their suc-cesses and isolating areas of im-provement. He said that after twomonths coordinating this qualifi-cation event, he was pleased withtheir performance. “I couldn’t have been happier Family Support Readiness Assistantwith how the Soldiers performedout there today,” said Moe. “It Family Members:was exactly what the platoon We know your Soldier has been working long and hard as they prepare for this upcoming deploy-sergeant and I were looking for. ment. It is because of your Support that your soldier is able to perform their mission in an exceptionalWe had the company commander manner.and first sergeant out there, and The morale of Marne Air Soldiers and Family Members is of the highest importance to the brigadethey were impressed, so all in allI’d say it was a great culminating command team, our spouses, and the entire chain of command. Our Soldiers and their Family Mem-exercise.” • bers are our brigade’s greatest resource. By maximizing preparedness and resiliency at home, we cre- ate the capacity for success on the battlefield. This command and installation is here to fully support you with all of our resources. We want to ensure the Marne Air community is integrated into a network of support, with programs and services both within and outside of the Department of Defense. Family Readiness Groups, Army Communi- ty Service, Military Family Life Consultants and many other organizations are available to help you throughout your Soldier’s deployment. Strong and resilient families translate to stronger and more resilient Soldiers on the battlefield. With social media as one of your most successful methods to communicate with your deployed Sol- dier, it can be a double-edged sword used against operational security. Please do not use social media to discuss or share sensitive information. Protect your Soldier by not releasing information on current U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Luke Rollins or future operations.Workhorse Soldiers prepare for Again, thank you for your personal support, sacrifice and commitment to your Solider and our na-the convoy live fire exercise,Sept. 13 at Fort Stewart, Ga. tion. The strength of our Soldiers is our Families.• Marne Air Social Media To read more stories and see the photos that go with them, as well as some videos, check out the links be- low. Read and share what you see and pass along the Soldiers’ stories. www.facebook.com/3rdCAB www.twitter.com/3rdCAB www.flickr.com/3rdCAB