Helicopter unit among first to try nine-month rotational deployment to S. Korea
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — The 4th Attack Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment uncased its colors on Friday, marking the first of the Army’s new rotational nine-month deployments to South Korea.
“We’re one of the first units to that’s going to execute the rotation concept,” said Lt. Col. Brian T. Watkins, the squadron commander, at Friday’s ceremony.
The 30 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters and 380 soldiers assigned to the unit departed Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., in September, according to an Army statement on Oct. 3.
The squadron will augment the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade at Camp Humphreys.
“We conduct reconnaissance, security and attack missions that we’re capable of performing,” Watkins said.
Watkins noted the importance of his squadron’s deployment to South Korea.
“The Army is paying attention to what we’re doing,” he said. “How we came over here. The resources required to get things done to determine if to continue to use this type of operation to rotate forces in and out of Korea.
Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cook, a Kiowa Warrior pilot, described the type of missions and training his unit performs.
“We usually go up as a team of two,” Cook said. “So we have two helicopters up in the air at once talking to ground parties.
The unit’s helicopters were offloaded from the U.S. vessel “Ocean Giant” on Oct. 6 at Pier 8 at Busan, South Korea, according to a 2nd Infantry Division statement.
The squadron began flying to Camp Humphreys from Busan on Oct. 10 to begin starting its duties in South Korea.
Once the unit completes its rotation, the personnel will return to Joint Base Lewis-McChord while the helicopters will remain in South Korea for the use of future units.