How did you manage to say goodbye to your children and partner, knowing you might not come back (soldiers deployment)?

Posted 15Aug2017. You went. You hoped you would return in one piece and mobile. You wondered. It sucked. Three deployments, for the Army, meant six “goodbyes” due to the mid-tour leave you could take. My first deployment to Afghanistan was… surreal when I first left, but absolutely disturbing when I was leaving after two weeks back in Hawaii. Shortly before departing back …

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What life was for you when you were 34?

Posted 14 Aug 2017. To put it into a more general context, I will specify the timeframe from October 2007 through October 2008. Professional I turned 34 shortly after my second, and longest, deployment to Iraq (15 months). I was the Standardization Instructor for C Co 3-25 stationed at Wheeler AAF, training and evaluating the …

Kobiyashi Maru – Army Style… or… Scenario-Based Training

Effective training rarely needs high-end technology and impressive graphics to truly be effective. In some cases, the basic ingredients require a checklist, a dry-erase board, an engaged audience, and a demented imagination.   “Bad Soup Scenario” Day VFR flight / ILS approach into Columbus 1648L, WX – overcast w/ 1000’ ceilings, 92̊ F, wind 030@30 …

How far would a helicopter blade go if one broke off?

Posted 12 May 2017.  This is an interesting question and one for which I have to go back to “instructor mode” and resort to my experience and knowledge of the UH-60. The main rotor of the UH-60 rotates at 258 RPM, and each blade weighs about 220 lbs. Typically, when we did main rotor track …

What made you switch from anti-gun to pro-gun?

Posted 11 May 2017. I was never “anti-gun,” really - I just never owned any due to spending most of my career (and adult life) in the relatively anti-gun state of Hawaii. Moving to Georgia changed that… and also introduced me to my wife. Now, with her being Russian (ethnically Armenian - this is important …

Why doesn’t ISIS have more success shooting down helicopters?

Posted 17Jun2017. Because they [redacted]… The following is not to disparage the OP [original poster]: See, this is the problem with some questions here on Quora - some of the questions may seem benign but is disconcerting, to a certain extent. There is one anecdotal, yet relevant, story from the Second World War of a certain Congressman - Andrew May - …

What misconception about your occupation would you like to clear up?

Posted 7Nov2017. After 20 years, I can say that there were a lot of misconceptions about being a crew chief on many of the Army’s UH-60 Black Hawks… “Oh, like in ‘Black Hawk Down’?” If it is possible to cringe and roll one’s eyes in the most professional manner, this would be a part of …