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  • 1. The Claw Newsletter Serving the Soldiers and Families of Task Force Talon
  • 2. V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 6 The Claw 22 AP RI L 2012 A Few Words from Talon 6 5Another month has passed and your Troopers continueto accomplish amazing feats supporting the people andgovernment of Afghanistan. Even though we have oper-ated at full speed since arriving at Bagram, Afghanistan,missions are starting to pick up. We are in the process ofwelcoming a new Division Command team to RC-EAST,1st Infantry Division. This has kept Animal and Regretextra busy during the transition period. Motor City Mus-cles and the Flippers continue to move countless num-bers of Soldiers and equipment throughout the battle-field. The All-American Dustoff continues to fearlessly flyand support our Troopers on the ground and coalitionpartners. Fox Troop increased its workload of providingpersistent aviation presence through security and recon-naissance patrols. The Wardawgs continue to keep themighty Talon fleet armed and fueled for the fight, and theTroopers of Dark Horse keep them all flying. The longhours and days are daunting, but they help the timepass. And even though the Talon Family forward isworking hard to finish the mission, we are all eagerlyawaiting our return to our family and loved ones. As al- “TALON FOR A DAY,ways, on behalf of all the TF Talon Troopers, I thank you TALON FOR LIFE!”for your continued love and support. We are all continu-ing to work hard to make a difference here and look for-ward to our return to you all. Until next time… Sincerely, MAJ B.A. BERTINOT TALON 5
  • 3. T HE C LAW P AGE 3 MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPENT COLONEL (R) Major Bruce P. Crandall BRUCE P. CRANDALL Col. (R) Bruce P. Crandall Official military photo, 31 March 2012 1965 COL (R) Bruce P. Crandall received the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony February 26, 2007 for his heroic actions in the Battle of Ia Drang. “He is an inspiration to us fellow Talon Aviators for his resiliency and bravery”
  • 4. We surveyed 50 Talons and this is what they said... Would you rather… Would you rather… Be a cowboy, pirate or ninja? Be color blind (only seeing black and white) or lose your sense of smell? 17 14 19 26 24 said LOS LOR BOY said PIRATE said N said CO E SENSEsaid COW INJA BLIND OF SMEL L Would you rather… Would you rather… Eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for 365 days Have super powers or have Christmas never end?straight for one meal or eat pizza for 2 meals a day for 180 days? 27 UT 23 said P 48 2 PEAN IZZA said SUP ER said D said X-M ER AN POWERS as BUTT LY JEL Submit your own Would You ING : WARN Rather to... ocking amber.m.porter@us.army.mil o ntain shhilarious estions c re … and I will put it in the next edition of These qumeant to inspaiy be nauseat- The Claw! contentn. Questions m isturbing! discussio g, bizarre or d in
  • 5. P AGE 5 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 6 Holy talonRecently, the Bagram Unit Ministry Teams visited with the Deputy Chiefs of Chaplains for the AirForce and Army. These chaplains, having achieved the rank of Brigadier General, have much experi-ence and wisdom to share with the rest of us. Much could have been said to us during their visit, butthey used most of their time to address the issues of respect and teamwork. It was a reminder to mehow crucial these concepts are for all of us.Respect is an Army Value and an important aspect of everything we do as Soldiers. Fromwww.army.mil/values:RespectTreat people as they should be treated.In the Soldier’s Code, we pledge to “treatothers with dignity and respect while ex-pecting others to do the same.” Respectis what allows us to appreciate the bestin other people. Respect is trusting thatall people have done their jobs and ful-filled their duty. And self-respect is a vitalingredient with the Army value of re-spect, which results from knowing youhave put forth your best effort. The Armyis one team and each of us has some-thing to contribute.I sometimes witness Soldiers and lead-ers lacking respect for one another. Forone, I see Soldiers lacking respect forthemselves, their leaders, and the Armyby failing to abide by Army customs andcourtesies. When a Soldier fails to ad-dress an NCO properly, they demon-strate a lack of respect for the position ofa Noncommissioned Officer. The pendulum swings the other way too. When leaders concern them-selves only with completing a mission and fail to care for the welfare of their Soldiers they demon-strate a lack of respect for the Soldier and the Soldier’s development. Mutual respect provides an en-vironment where both the leader and the led can cooperate fully without animosity toward one an-other.Respect is critical in our Families also. Husbands should respect their wives, and wives should re-spect their husbands. Children should respect their parents and parents their children. Within theFamily unit we all have different roles to play. When we respect those roles and the loved ones who fillthose roles we strengthen our Families. With mutual respect we can discover a unity of effort that isneeded to achieve the purposes of our lives and the goals of our Families.Let us not fail to R-E-S-P-E-C-T! CH (CPT) Marlon W. Brown
  • 6. T HE C LAW P AGE 6 GLADIATORS This past month has seen many of our young enlisted Troopers enlisting to remain in the Army while in Combat. From our supply section, SGT Haggerty reenlisted for Ft. Drum.SPC Otis reenlisted to become a small arms repairer. From S4, SGT Wilson reenlisted for stabilization at Ft. Bragg, SPC Ramos reenlisted for Ft. Lewis, and SGT George reenlisted for Ft. Polk. From S3, SGT Brown reenlisted, and SFC Osborne reenlisted indefinitely. Congratulations, SFC Osborne, for reaching an outstanding career milestone. From S1, SGT Lopez reenlisted for Gloucester, England. The weather has definitely been getting warmer, and as April rolls in we start the“120 days of wind” that Bagram is known for. A constant stream of blowing dust eddies up from dry wadis and hillsides to forms into 500 foot tall clouds heading east. We’re allsweeping the dust out of our rooms a little more often, but the warmer weather is nice when the sun is out. April represents the official halfway point for the deployment, since our change of au- thority was October 17, 2011, and we are technically allowed 365 days in-country. That doesn’t mean we’ll all be here until October 17, 2012, but the Gladiators only have 6 months, at the most, left on this turn. We look forward to getting home and enjoying the North Carolina Fall! Until next month, Gladiator 6
  • 7. P AGE 7 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 6 ANIMALS March has welcomed us back to the warm season and with the warm temperaturesour operations have picked up as well. We find ourselves again needing to effectively man-age our resources to not only keep up with tab data and insure we have the power avail-able to take off and land, but also to manage our crews effectively to keep everyone freshand able to keep up with the operational tempo. We would like to voice our appreciation toall our “guest” pilots who have made it possible to get through the month of March whilemany of our pilots were on leave. It has been a pleasure working withC Co. 3-82 “All American Dustoff “and wehave enjoyed the friendships and thememories we have made there but at theend of March we reluctantly said goodbyeto the Med Chase mission and picked upthe other half of the mission set we werealready flying. The Med Chase missionwas rewarding to see the good come fromthe work that we do here. This month has also been high pro-file with VIPs. We flew the Sergeant Majorof the Army Raymond Chandler III aroundAfghanistan and got a visit from COL(ret.) Bruce Crandall, who received the Medal ofHonor for his heroic actions in the Battle of Ia Drang. We also received a visit from the MGTarbet, the TAG for the Utah Army National Guard, who was interested in our general wellbeing and just wanted to see how his Soldiers did business here in country. Our outstanding Soldier of the Month is SSG Seth Ikerd who was a late deployer for us coming to replace a Sol- dier who was injured at Fort Hood, TX. He had also re- cently returned from an Iraq tour within a year of this deployment. He knows his job well and does it silently and without complaint. If cloning became legal, SSG Ikerd would be a prime candidate. He also looks great when posing in pictures with 7.62 ammo belts slung across his chest.
  • 8. T HE C LAW P AGE 8 REGRET “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau Well it is official: Spring has sprung here in RC-East, something that seems to make thedays far more tolerable. Apart from the occasional thunderstorm, the new season has revived lifein the form of greening valleys and mountains. Such environmental improvements are a welcomedrelief from the cold dreary days of winter, but such change warns of the sweltering summer heat tocome. With warmer and clearer weather comes increased activity and work for the Regret Family.Without the snow blinding days to ground flight operations, Regret prepares to fly even more hoursthan before in order to support ground operations in the area. As the workload increases it is every-one’s hope that the time keeping us from our Families will accelerate as we reach the downhill por-tion of this deployment. The arrival of a new season also brings the opportunity for advancement. Within the ranksof Regret, SPC Felts and SPC Sanchez were promoted to the ranks of CPL and SGT respectively,adding two more Noncommissioned Officers to 3rd Flight. Along with promotions, Regret recognizedcontinued dedication to duty with the reenlistments of CPL Felts, SGT Sanchez, SPC Fenton andSPC Pentecost. It is a profound and proud moment when Soldiers facing multiple deployments anddifficult separations still decide to continue military service to their nation, so we thank these indi-viduals for making such a noble decision. CW2 Forster and CW2 Warren both successfully com-pleted their Day/Night Pilot-in-Command (PC) check-rides; a significant accomplishment in a pilot’scareer making them the newest Regret PCs. Regret also welcomed CW3 Johnson, CW2 Edwards,CW2 Triplett, SGT Murphy, and SGT Ferreira as the newest members to the company. We lookforward to bringing them into the Regret family and having the requisite help as the workload in thespring and summer seasons picks up. As the days and missions get longer, rest assured that nothing keeps all of the families ofRegret far from our minds. As we close the book on another month, another season, and the firsthalf of this deployment, all the men and women of Regret look forward to the coming reunion andthank you for your continued support. Best Regards, CPT Kellan Travis 3rd Flight PL
  • 9. P AGE 9 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 6 FLIPPERS This month we have had a couple of reenlistments and progres- sions. Sgt Whatley and SGT Grayson have decided to stay in the Army a little while longer. PFC Bjema is now a RL1 D/N/NVG crewchief. Now if we can just get him to stop breaking everything he will be alright. There have been a couple of construction projects com-pleted by our warrant officers, regular bob the builders. Now that wehave hit the seven month mark morale is high. The Flipper’s are stillgoing strong and continuing supporting the ever going missions. We would also like to take this time to thank our Talon Family for their love and support. FLIPPER 7 SGT Grayson Reenlistment SGT Whately Reenlistment
  • 10. T HE C LAW P AGE 1 0 Motor city muscles Helicopters are renowned for working in some of the most remote andinaccessible locations on the planet.” -Heliops International Following the RIP/TOA with B CO 7-158, Motor City Muscle has been busy withboth night and day missions. Even thoughwe are thousands of miles from home, pridefor our state and our teams is as strong asever. Congratulations to the Michigan StateSpartans for a share of the Big Ten title andBig Ten tournament championship; to theDetroit Red Wings for their 21st consecutiveplayoff appearance; and to the Detroit Ti-gers for an impressive opening day win. Motor City Muscle continues to carry on the tradition that B Co 7-158 started withChinook Santa. B Co 3/238th has been delivering care packages to FOB’s all over Af-ghanistan under new management as Chinook Santa 2. We would like to thank DesertAngels and Hurly Medical for their continued support in operation Chinook Santa 2 and of the Motor City Muscle. As the fighting season ramps up the Motor City Muscle is prepared for the challenge and continues to work hard in supporting mission readiness and ac- complishment.
  • 11. P AGE 1 1 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 6 DUSTOFFU.S. Army SPC Aaron King, a Flight Medic, dangles more than one hundredfeet in the air from an HH-60M Medevac Black Hawk secured by only a thinmetal wire and two carabineers.The rotor blades stir up dirt in the air as SGT Patrick Lynch pulls him in.Lynch, a native of Canton, Mich., has been a crew chief for more than fouryears and was recently assigned to C Company, 82nd Combat Aviation Bri-gade, Task Force Talon. Today Lynch is training to become certified to oper-ate the hoist during medical evacuation missions.This is the third hoist training exercise for Lynch and the first time he’s trainedwith a live patient instead of a manikin. With his buddy’s life in his hands, he’scareful to make sure everything is perfect.Once Lynch pulls King in, they position themselves to do the whole thing overagain in reverse. Lynch concentrates on lowering King to the ground.Hoisting King up to the aircraft and down to the ground is the closest trainingLynch will get next to an actual hoist mission. It’s a dangerous procedure forboth Soldiers and equipment, but necessary for Medevac Crews to be ready when it really counts. The training also givesLynch the confidence he will need when it comes time to conduct a hoist medical evacuation.When a Medevac crew spins up for a hoist mission and they arrive on the scene, Crew Chiefs like Lynch are the ones re-sponsible for the safety and well-being of every inch of the aircraft the pilots can’t see plus the patients and passengers onboard.“Hoist training is extremely important because this is one of the most difficult and dangerous things we do in the airframe,”said King.A hoist mission is usually a last resort; conducted only when there is nowhere for the aircraft to land. Due to the extreme ter-rain in Eastern Afghanistan, hoist missions are more likely here than most places.If a ground unit calls for a medical evacuation in a wooded area, near lots of buildings or on a mountainside, C Company,often referred to as “Dustoff,” has the ability to hoist an injured person out of the danger area, provide immediate care, andquickly evacuate that patient to beter-equipped medical facilities.When the aircraft arrives to pick up patients, a crew chief slides the large cargo door open and draws the hoist hook inside ashe’s pounded with winds from the whirling blades. He hooks a flight medic in to the hoist cable with a special harness, andcarefully lowers him or her to the ground. It’s a difficult process that has to be done quickly; strong winds and enemy fire area few hazards that can cause the helicopter to swing and slam a Soldier into rocks, buildings, or trees.On the ground, the medic stabilizes the patient and secures him or her to a special portable stretcher called a “Sked.” Oncethe patient is tightly fastened, the Flight Medic alerts the crew, who then pull the patient to safety while the Medic controls atag line (another rope hanging from the stretcher) to keep the stretcher steady. If the Medic loses control of the tag line theSked can spiral out of control and cause further injuries or kill the patient.“You can’t over-fixate on any one thing,” said Lynch. “I don’t want to hurt anybody, the whole point is to help people.”In order for a crew chief to become qualified to conduct hoist missions Soldiers like Lynch have to complete an extra 14-16hours of instruction, including night training, all done under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor.Standardization instructors like Sgt. Kevin Burleson, are Crew Chiefs who have became experts in the aircraft, and now trainothers. They are not only responsible for teaching the new guys, but in the bigger picture, they’re responsible for how thatSoldier performs when it really counts. He’s paying particularly close attention today.“Hoist missions are one of the most difficult tasks that we do in medical evacuation,” said Burleson. “It is the most critical andthe most dangerous mission.”Dustoff crew members have performed 10 hoist missions in a variety of situations since arriving in August. Staying proficientbetween missions is key and something Burleson does not take lightly.“I’ve dedicated a lot of time to training myself, so I can teach these guys to perform flawlessly,” said Burleson.Medevac Soldiers share the same philosophy when it comes to their missions.“We will go anywhere, anyplace, anytime to get anyone regardless of the situation,” said Burleson. “So if it requires us to dohoist then that’s what we are prepared to do.”82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Medevac crews have completed more than 600 missions throughout Regional Command-East since August.
  • 12. T HE C LAW P AGE 1 2 DARK HORSEGreetings once again, Dark Horse Family! This edition of “The Claw” is significant, as it is the 6th Issue,which means we are now on the down-side of deployment! Six months down, and only 6 more to go. Hereon Bagram, time is flying by (mostly because we are so busy with work), and the Troopers know that ourhomecoming is really just around the corner. The command section has already begun preparation for hav-ing all the equipment moved back to Fort Bragg, and before weknow it we’ll be back home.With the spring now fully upon us, the weather is definitely warmenough to begin sweating again! Daytime temperatures are now ris-ing into the 70s and low 80s, with nights being in the 50s to 60s. Suf-fice it to say, it’s time to make sure everyone’s drinking enough wa-ter (don’t worry, we are)!Work continues as usual, although this month the Dark Horses havehad more than our usual chances to shine. We have had repairteams go outside of Bagram to fix a Chinook as well as three Black-hawks (thankfully all the pilots and crews were not injured). One ofthe Blackhawks was damaged so badly that once it came back toBagram, the UH-60 Maintenance Team had to do repairs that usu-ally are done by much more specialized people and equipment. The The new D Co. Coin design. Get yours soon!sheet metal and powertrain shops were also put to the test as theyhelped get the Blackhawk back up in the air. But the Team came together flawlessly and earned a visit fromthe Brigade Commander in praise of their outstanding efforts! In other news, the Company is having specialcoins made to commemorate the Teamwork and pride we have all felt as maintainers during Operation EN-DERING FREEDOM. Supply will be limited to 300 coins, so make sure to get yours soon, before they aresold out ($5 for pre-orders, $7 when they arrive in 6-8 weeks). RIDE OR DIE!!! SPC Dias works intently on the tail rotor of a UH-60 Blackhawk. SPC Litster (Nat’l Guard) gets an autograph from COL (Ret.) Bruce Crandall. Cran- dall is a Medal of Honor Recipient whose real-life heroism is fea- SSG “Darth” Pogue. Mess SGT Dosker and SPC Alvarez tured prominently with him and see what hap- discuss some work on a UH-60 in the movie, “We pens next. main transmission. Were Soldiers.”
  • 13. P AGE 1 3 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 6 WAR DAWGS It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… Alright sports fans, March Madness is over and a huge congrats goes out to the Kentucky Wildcats. Butfor all the Baseball nuts, Spring Training is over and the season has officially begun. I’m going to call it right now,Atlanta Braves winning the 2012 World Series (LT Taylor’s prediction)! For all of our Golf watchers, The Master’stournament in Augusta, GA has presented its green jacket to Bubba Watson. And of course I don’t want to leaveout the Horseshoe Champions, CPT Wrinkle and 1SG Hatcher, who captured the title during their recent trip toFOB Morales-Frasier. Better luck next trip SPC Travis Napier and SPC Chad Swaagman. The month of April brought once again promotions and reenlistments for the ever-strong War Dawgs ofEcho Company. Promoted to Specialist this month are SPC Shantele McNally, SPC Richard Majchrowicz, andSPC Joey Salcido. War Dawgs’ reenlistment stayed strong this month with SGT Pablo Rosado, SSG LeafordCalder, and SGT Tremaine Johnson. Congratulations to all the individuals who reenlisted and were promoted.Talon for life! Another significant event was the Task Force Talon NCO Induction Ceremony. An impressiveceremony executed with exacting detail that highlighted what it means to be an NCO. You are truly the Back-bone of the Army. Welcome to the NCO Corps!Sergeant Major of the Army Chandler III, recently visited Bagram to meet and talk with Soldiers on changes toArmy regulations and new PT standards. Additional topics discussed were appearance when not in uniform, de-signs of new uniforms, the new Army Physical Fitness Test and tattoos. SMA Chandler also recognized SPCMatthew Breemes with the Sergeant Major of the Army Coin of Excellence for his dedication and unwaveringexecution of duties as Romeo Ramp Entry Control Point Guard. Congratulations!From all the War Dawg leadership, we say THANK YOU to all the families and loved ones back home!! Withoutyour love and support, we would not be able to protect our great country. We miss you and can’t wait to behome!!! “Without us, pilots are pedestrians.” -WARDAWGS!!
  • 14. T HE C LAW P AGE 1 4 BLACKHORSE Fox Troop Family and Friends,Since we arrived here we have seen many bird and duck decoys in the creeks and ponds, but never any ducks.This phenomenon has often been a topic of discussion. Then a few weeks ago it happened, duck hunting sea-son began! Every morning there would be a couple dozen men hanging out in the waterbeds with rifles waiting for the birds to land. As we flew about the airspace, many of the hunters would try and shoo us away. We have our own stellar bird hunter within the Troop, CW2 Ramirez. She refused to be out matched by theduck hunters. On one of the first days of the hunting season, Ms. Ramirez caught a huge bird with her feet. Thechin bubble on the aircraft may have been broken in the process, but it was an impressive bird. A few days later as she was flying, she decided to use the rocket pod to catch a bird. She was successful and brought us back dinner for a second day. In going for the trifecta, as she was pre-flighting her aircraft she considered which dif- ferent part of the aircraft she could use to catch a bird on this flight. As she walked away, a bird must haveheard her thoughts and it must have been too much pressure on the poor bird, so it dropped dead at CW2 Rami- rez’s aircraft. (see attached pictures, some have had fun decorating Ms. Ramirez’s locker)We are saying farewell to our Division, the 1st Cavalry. They are returning home and will be replaced by the 1 st ID. We look forward to working with the new Division and wish 1 st CAV well on their new adventures!The temperatures are on the rise and so is our flight time. We are still working throughout the entire Area of Op-erations of RC-East and providing security to all we can. Our Troopers are continuing to prepare for promotionsand Soldier of the month boards. First Sergeant and I express our great appreciation to you for all the work youdo at home and your continued support, we know without you taking care of the home-front and dealing with all of the matters we cannot get to at this time, we would not be able to accomplish the mission! We know how much effort you put forward on behalf of our Troopers and we cannot thank you enough! Happy Easter! CPT Scottie Pace & 1SG Donald Adkins BlackHorse 6 BlackHorse 7
  • 15. P AGE 1 5 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 6 TALONS OF THE MONTH SPC Henderson, Yeonju Company/MOS: HHC/ 92Y Unit Supply Specialist Hometown: Taejon, South Korea Q: What do you do on your free time? A: Read novels Q: What do you want to achieve in your MOS this deployment? A: Get promoted! Q: Goals for this deployment? A: Stay healthy Q: What do you miss most about home? A: ChampagneSPC Spendlove, JamieCompany/MOS: A 2-211/ 91B Wheel Me-chanicHometown: Roy, UtahQ: What do you do on your free time?A: Play XBOX with my buddiesQ: What do you want to achieve in yourMOS this deployment?A: Reclass as a 15T..It is what I havedone all deployment and I love itQ: Goals for this deployment?A: Gain knowledge to make MOS transi-tionQ: What do you miss most about home?A: My two little girls (Aidyn 2 and Keelii 4)
  • 16. T HE C LAW P AGE 1 6SGT Arnold, JustinCompany/MOS: A 3-82 / 15T Black-hawk Crew ChiefHometown: Murfreesboro, TennesseeQ: What do you do on your free time?A: Talk to the family and go to the gymQ: What do you want to achieve in yourMOS this deployment?A: Gain knowledge in my MOSQ: Goals for this deployment?A: Obtain 500 flight hrs and help TFTalon accomplish their missionQ: What do you miss most abouthome?A: Deana, my lovely wife of 1 1/2years SPC Mcclure, Branden Company/MOS: B 3-238/ 25U Sig- nal Support System Specialist Hometown: Eaton Rapids, Michigan Q: What do you do on your free time? A: …”What free time?” Q: What do you want to achieve in your MOS this deployment? A: Be an asset to my company and be the best I can be Q: Goals for this deployment? A: Get the most experience I can before I go to flight school Q: What do you miss most about home? A: My wifes beautiful smile
  • 17. P AGE 1 7 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 6PFC Kyle BjemaCompany/MOS: B 3-82/ 15U CH-47Crew ChiefHometown: Kansas City, KansasQ: What do you do on your free time?A: Do online classes and SSD courseQ: What do you want to achieve in yourMOS this deployment?A: To be the best mechanic and crewchiefQ: Goals for this deployment?A: Get at least 20 college credits be-fore redeploymentQ: What do you miss most abouthome?A: My family, my girl friend, and wakeboarding SGT Courtney Sciacca Company/MOS: C 3-82/ 25U Signal Support System Specialist Hometown: Bicknell, IN Q: What do you do on your free time? A: Free time??? Im not sure what this means Q: What do you want to achieve in your MOS this deployment? A: Im currently working on getting my A+ Certification Q: Goals for this deployment? A: I want to finish one or two more col- lege classes Q: What do you miss most about home? A: My two boys, Zavier and Zaiden
  • 18. T HE C LAW P AGE 1 8SPC Fisher, DanielCompany/MOS: D 3-82/ 15U Chi-nook MechanicHometown: Hartville, OhioQ: What do you do on your freetime?A: Watch movies.. What else isthere to do?Q: What do you want to achieve inyour MOS this deployment?A: Get enough experience to be-come a Crew ChiefQ: Goals for this deployment?A: Become a Door GunnerQ: What do you miss most abouthome?A: Spending time with family SGT Bodine, Ryan Company/MOS: E 3-82/ 92F Petroleum Supply Specialist Hometown: Evanston, Wyoming Q: What do you do on your free time? A: Skype with Friends.. In Portuguese Q: What do you want to achieve in your MOS this deployment? A: Do something noteworthy so I can go home and be proud of it Q: Goals for this deployment? A: Go home with all my fingers and toes Q: What do you miss most about home? A: The Food: Sushi and Thai Food!
  • 19. P AGE 1 9 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 6 SPC Reyes, Jonathon Company/MOS: F Trp 1/17/ 15S Kiowa Helicopter Repairer Hometown: Desert Hot Springs, Cali- fornia Q: What do you do on your free time? A: Work Out Q: What do you want to achieve in your MOS this deployment? A: Gain as much experience as I can Q: Goals for this deployment? A: Get promoted by the end of it Q: What do you miss most about home? A: Driving my GLI Jeta SFC Pat Craig Nieto MOS: 15S Hometown: Charlotte, NC Q: What do you do on your free time? A: Play with my Tiny Chef Q: What do you want to achieve in your MOS this deployment? A: Open a chain of Talon Chopper Tours—$150 per ride for 2 hrs Q: Goals for this deployment? A: Make my Soldiers better than I am Q: What do you miss most about home? A: Peanut Butter.. Wink! Be a Ninja Pirate! Be Color Blind! “I’ll go with PB&J!” Have Super Powers… “X-Ray Vision… Oh Yah!!!”
  • 20. TALON FOR A DAY Our addr ess is stil l the same for t : d is goo rmy i LAST NA on the A ME, FIRS ti T via t for TF TALO N, C/O " "A u seless! d Focn 1918 BAGRAM h , AFGHA NISTAN b ort, is u rdinanFrance i APO, AE 09354sp e al FMarshal rong!) of rsh Feel free to send m Ma ne w suggestio e an ema - r O ed him ns or que il if y stions. Un ou have any Wa prov orld ( til next tim e... AW SPC Port er, Ambe r TF Talon amber.m.p PAO o rter@us.a rmy.mil Yah! You heard the Man!! Stay off his “GRASS”! TALON FOR LIFE!