Cadets tour local U.S. Army helicopter units

C/SMSgt Nathaniel Johnston of the Mount Vernon Composite Squadron inside a Lakota. Photo by 2d Lt Kevin Geiss.



On Saturday, June 9, cadets from the Mount Vernon Composite Squadron toured various helicopters stationed at Davison Army Airfield, Ft. Belvoir, Va. The helicopters are part of District of Columbia Army National Guard units located at Davison including the 121st Medical Company and the 1/224th Security and Support Detachment.



Capt. Matt Nowlin of the 121st started the day with a discussion of his unit mission and described to the cadets how to become an Army pilot.  He shared some of his many experiences as a helicopter pilot; his enthusiasm and love for flying were clearly evident during his remarks.


C/SSgt Tom Murphy looks over a medevac Lakota. Photo by 2d Lt Kevin Geiss.



The cadets saw four different helicopter types stationed at the airfield. These were the new UH-72A Lakota helicopters configured for medevac missions, two Lakotas outfitted for security and support missions, an OH-58 Kiowa, and a UH-60 Blackhawk.



Staff Sgt. Eric Stith of the 1/224th walked the cadets through the hangars and onto the flight line to get a close up view of the aircraft. The cadets asked questions of the pilots and other soldiers about the aircraft and even had the chance to experience the pilot seat.


MVCS cadets talk with a Blackhawk pilot. Photo by 2d Lt Kevin Geiss.