The Knighthawk Post
2-10 Aviation Regiment November 2005
Please remember the RDC/FRG Leader
A note from the Commander… Team Building Workshop being held in November.
This is for all FRG advisors and co-advisors and
Greetings from the front! Several of us are once again Rear Detachment commanders. Also, we will
conducting another great training event at JRTC. Although we are have our pre-deployment briefing in January.
working long hours, I am confident the lessons we are learning will This will be for everyone in the Battalion to
better prepare us for the road ahead. The TOC and ALOC
attend. In the meantime, I hope you can all make
functions are working extremely well, as are the subordinate units.
Believe it or not, the weather is still very hot here, even for this it to your company level FRG get-together's. We
time of year. The CSM and I just returned from a heat casualty have some excellent, caring advisors in this
battle drill, where we identified a soldier at the aircraft refueling Battalion, and it is the goal of all of us to help
point and designated him as a “simulated heat casualty.” All each other be as prepared as possible for when the
personnel involved learned from the experience and we are better deployment occurs.
for it; and by the way, so is the soldier who received the IV drip.
As we continue to prepare for our overseas deployment, Finally, the Brigade Formal is fast
it is important for us to have a little balance in all we do. To that approaching. This will be the last big event we
end, we have a great formal planned. Our battalion is responsible will be able to have together before the
for the formal, and you can be sure we will put on a great event for deployment. If you haven't gotten your tickets
the brigade. Charlie Company is putting together a first class yet, it’s not too late. We really hope you can make
“grog” ceremony, and Bravo Company is responsible for
it – it will be a lot of fun, and a great opportunity
“remembering” our fallen comrades. On top of that, we will have
plenty of food, beverages, dancing, and social time. It should be a for fellowship while everyone is still all here.
great event and I hope everyone participates. Following the Ball will be our Battalion Christmas
I will close this note by expressing my sincere party at the hanger. More details will be
appreciation for the outstanding support that all of you provide for forthcoming about time and activities. That will
the battalion, and most importantly, each other. We have a tough be a fun day for everyone.
road ahead, and together as a team of teams, we can do anything.
I hope you all are enjoying your Fall so
LTC Patterson far here in the North Country. Although we
Commander didn't see too much pretty foliage, it is still mild
“KNIGHTHAWK 6” enough to get out and enjoy the outdoors. (Of
course by the time you read this, we could be
buried in snow!....) Happy Thanksgiving.
Details from Sincerely,
So this is Autumn in upstate New York!?
It seems like a little bit of all the seasons rolled
Greetings! Thanks to all the
into one! I know we can't complain about spouses that came to our most recent
the temperatures, since it is usually snowing by Family Readiness Group (FRG)
this time of year, and most of us aren't ready for meeting. It’s very important for us to
that yet. It was nice to have a mild, dry build a strong, cohesive group before
the upcoming deployment. We have two volunteers to be the FRG
Halloween. The weather cooperated for the Fall
co-leaders; thanks ladies! The next meeting will be held in
Festival too, which was a great success. Thank November.
you, to everyone who came, contributed candy, As for training, we’re diligently preparing for our
and worked at our table with us. If you didn't rotation to JRTC. This will be one of our last opportunities to fine-
make it, yes, my husband and I were in costumes! tune our systems and procedures before deployment. Everyone is
It was a lot of fun, and great to see so many working hard to ensure that we have a successful and safe rotation.
Right now we’re scheduled to return just in time for Thanksgiving!
children dressed up and enjoying themselves too. After everyone relaxes and enjoys eating too much turkey over the
Thanksgiving is coming up next, and the long weekend, we’ll be back at work for another challenging week.
12th Aviation Brigade will have their meal at the We’ll have limited time to unpack our equipment from JRTC and
DFAC. That will be a great time to enjoy a repack it for deployment.
terrific feast, without having to cook or clean! We We’re happy to report two new arrivals to the Hawkeye
family. A healthy baby boy has joined one of our soldier’s
hope to see some of you there. If not, have a
families. Also, a healthy baby girl has joined another soldier’s
wonderful, safe long weekend. family. Congratulations! Our next company party will be
December. It will be held it at my house (same directions as the Thanks for the hard work, everybody had a great time. With JRTC
Chilli cookoff). More details to follow. taking place in November we’ve gone down to one aircraft so
Hawkeyes! we’re limiting flying and will focus on a lot of the academic topics
that we need to cover prior to deployment. Including in this is the
CPT Martinez fielding of the new Air Warrior system.
Hawkeye 06 The future is looking good though as we get ready for
Veteran’s Day holiday and Thanksgiving. Combined with the
regular weekends and the Christmas holidays our time here is
Alpha getting short so we are making sure that we spend as much time as
Company possible with our family and friends.
As always please feel free to call myself or my wife at
News anytime if you have questions.
Hello VOODOO- MOUNTAINHAWKS
As I write this month, we are patiently waiting for CPT GAUB
maintenance to be done in Mississippi. This JRTC rotation is 1SG GRIFFITH
proving to be a big challenge! No matter what, however, we will
succeed! I sure cannot complain about the 70 weather though.
We may see snow upon arrival back at Drum.
I owe a special thanks to those soldiers from Bravo and Company
Charlie company that augmented us for the JRTC rotation. All of
their effort contributed to the team’s success. News
VOODOO has come along way with training flights. A
few of our pilots are soon to be at readiness level one, and a couple Finally, autumn is here and
more should be right behind them. All will gain great experience we can enjoy the moderate weather.
at JRTC. That means only 3 aviators remain to be flown! Autumn has brought plenty of work for the Warlord team.
Congratulations to all of the crew chiefs that have stepped up as Currently we have a few soldiers at the Joint Readiness Training
well. They did a fine job of passing check rides to be signed off Center supporting Voodoo and the Knighthawks. They will return
mission ready. just before Thanksgiving after helping train the Knighthawk team
We have 2 promotions to talk about this month. One and bringing more experience to the Warlords. Back here, we are
has shown nothing but top-notch performance both in maintenance continuing to train as much as we can with the limited resources.
and flying. This is a well-deserved promotion. One of our pilots We are focusing on training that can be conducted on the ground
was also promoted near the end of October. Congratulations to and polishing our mission execution and planning skills in the
them both! AVCATT flight simulator.
It is time to start planning for mid-tour leave. Take The FRG is running strong. For those that missed out,
time at home to discuss with your family if there are any special we had a wonderful time at the last meeting and everyone brought
occasions you would like to be home for. We will have the excellent soups and stews. I know I had at least three bowls. If
opportunity to start leave after being in country for a minimum of you missed the meeting, please be sure to come to the hanger in
60 days. At this point, I am not sure what the latest date we are November. We will be briefing important information regarding
eligible to take leave is. Events to keep in mind are graduations, deployment and enjoying appetizers that everyone brings. For
anniversaries, birthdays, weddings and so forth. We will do our family readiness, there is much that we should be doing now to
best to get everyone home at the time they desire. prepare for the upcoming deployment. Now is the time to figure
I am still looking for someone who is interested in out for yourself or your spouse the method of paying bills and
working with me as the company FRG Advisor. Please contact me handling emergencies. Make sure you have a plan for the
if you would like more information. deployment. Also, go over important phone numbers. We will
Thanks for all the support you give to our great have a phone roster for all emergencies, but you can also focus on
organization. We could not do what we do without you! other important numbers. If something breaks at the house or with
the car, decide now whom you will call to fix it. Also, determine
CPT Stahl how you will cut the grass and shovel the driveways. The FRG
VOODOO 06 will always be here to help solve problem, but cannot replace good
We are coming up on a few fun social events. We will
Bravo be having a Hail and Farewell in November at a location to be
Company determined. We will be saying goodbye to a couple soldiers. They
will be missed. Soon I will send a flyer for the event on all of the
News details. Also, there will be a Brigade Ball. The due date for tickets
has past, but I would love to have more Warlords attend. If you
As we get ready for the North Country winter the are interested, please see me directly, and I will work to get you
MountainHawks have finished a great month of training. With our tickets. There will be a Battalion Christmas party. It will be a
friends out of the Maryland Air National Guard we managed to great time especially for the kids.
train five crews on techniques and other tactics that will prove I hope everyone is doing well. Please stay safe and
invaluable as we get ready to cross the pond again. Many of our enjoy the upcoming holiday season.
aircraft are coming out of the “preset” so we have to fix them up
and make them flyable again, while also training on all the new CPT Seufert
systems that we’re getting. It has certainly made for a busy, hard Warlord 06
However, all work and no play………..you know the
quote. So in that tradition one of our Mountainhawk family hosted
a great pig roast at their house with some help from a few others.
October has come and gone and we trek into the
Delta untapped regions of November. November seems to be a
transitional month of the year the cold (especially at FT. Drum)
Company gets colder. The trees begin to lose most of their brilliantly colored
News fall leaves. November as compared to life is most interesting. We
as human beings have transitions as well. These changes may not
be as stark as the leaves all coming off but we do change, and not
Greetings to all the Dragonhawks. My most sincerest
just with the seasons. A transitional time is now upon us as we
apologies for missing the company Halloween Party. The party
make the big push for deployment times two this month. Look at
seemed to be a great success. Congratulations to our soldiers for
the times and change accordingly. Say I love you more to your
winning first and second prize in the costume competition.
spouse. Be more concerned about how much you talk to the
The majority of the company is now at JRTC
children or friends and family. Prepare spiritually for the
supporting another exercise and I am so proud of the hard work
transition. Renew your faith daily. Now, to wax not so
everyone did to make this rotation possible. Several people
eloquently; we have a single soldier event planned for the BN.
worked over the last couple of weekends prior to the deployment
There will be a training time and a skiing time. Please feel free to
to make this happen and I am truly thankful.
contact me with any questions or comments.
I would like welcome back a newly promoted soldier to
the company after serving for the last several months at the
battalion headquarters. What a great asset to have back on our
2-10 AVN Chaplain
The Aviation Brigade Formal is scheduled soon. Last
year’s event was a great success and I am looking forward to see
everyone there. Our battalion has taken the lead in planning the
event and I encourage everyone to come join us for a great time.
Our monthly FRG meeting is at the Battalion
Conference Room. I hope everyone has a happy and safe
The “Road Warriors”
of Easy Company extends warm greetings to all. This has been
another outstanding month for E Company. We are stronger and
still growing. In fact, while this letter is being written, our
exceptional rear detachment soldiers are welcoming new soldiers
to our unit. To these soldiers and their families welcome to E
Company. Being an old timer in E company will now be marked
by having spent at least one month in the unit.
We had an exceptional training month. Since my last
newsletter, we have participated in the Virtual Combat Convoy
training, Railhead Operations, and various ranges.
I want to highlight and call attention to the great job
and effort of E Company soldiers on the smooth deployment to
JRTC. These soldiers are receiving excellent preparation on real
wartime training. So far, E Company has conducted two air refuel
missions with zero injuries. Great job to all!
Congratulations to some of our soldiers on their
promotions last month. I would also like to congratulate another
soldier on her marriage. In addition, I would also like to
congratulate our members of the 10th Mountain Division Running
Team on their participation in the Army Longest Ten Miler
marathon in the history of this event.
Finally, I want to say thanks to all for everything that
you do, keep up the good works, and thanks for your dedication in
making E Company the best in the Battalion.
Road Warriors Out!!!!!
Rear Detachment Commander
E/2-10 Aviation Battalion