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May 26, 2013

War Stories: Hanging By A Cheek

When I went to my first rotary wing training exercise with the 160th SOAR, all I wanted to do was ride on a Little Bird (MH-6). The Little Bird is not the U.S. Military’s fastest helicopter, but it sure is the most maneuverable. I remember standing in awe watching the best pilots in the military conduct precision rooftop lip landings and racetrack fast-rope training.

As snipers, our section regularly worked with the MH-6’s in training, but not as often on overseas deployments. It still amazes me where those small little aircraft can land. Fortunately, while I was in the section, the 3rd Battalion snipers fashioned a very good working/training relationship with our Tier 1 friends. While my team was in Baghdad, we ran a number of missions with these high-level warriors.

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served in 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. Almost four years of my time in 3/75 was spent in the sniper section. In all, I spent over 11 years in military service. I am a firefighter/paramedic and hold a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Oregon State University. When not working, I spend most of my time rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, trail running, and occasionally picking up heavy objects.

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  • StormR

    Thank you, Isaiah.  I know it's not appropriate or kind, but your article gave me the best laugh I've had in weeks and I seriously needed one.  It's really NOT funny that you were in danger, cold and uncomfortable, but <snort, giggle> I can't help myself.

  • HugeFan

    Love the way you write these stories, Isaiah. Pucker factor: 10+

  • Old PH2

    Virginstateofmind Nuclear Aircraft Carrier=CVN   NJP= Non judicial Punishment, meaning no Military Court Martial Still Stings

  • Old PH2

    Virginstateofmind Speaking as a guy who has fallen out of a helo onto the deck of a CVN.  Even when your "Hooked in" don't trust the other FUCKERS in your A/C.  All I will say on that subject, is thank god the USN bought Cannon cameras.  Landed right on that MF'r, didn't even scuff the paint!  The NJP hearing really sucked.....

  • Ben K

    You know, I always wondered how you sit on those things without falling off.