Tuesday, January 26, 2010
In the article "U.S., Iraqi Aviators Fly Together" By Army Sgt. Travis Zielinski, what matters is U.S. Division Center AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots from the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Air Cavalry Brigade flew a second joint mission Jan. 20 with UH-1 Huey helicopter pilots from the Iraqi air force. On the first mission, Iraqi squadron commanders flew the helicopters. This time, the younger pilots had the opportunity to step in and gain experience. One of the components of the mission was trust and teaching that trust to the rest of the formations of both military forces. I think that this is a good way for Iraq to gain trust in the United States once again. Working with their forces should create a stronger bond between are soldiers and the Iraq soldiers. Pilots can learn from one another, and the missions give the American pilots a chance to see how the Iraqis handle situations so together they can look for ways to improve.