Approximately 250 new Soldiers pass through the 128th Aviation Training Brigades aircraft electrician ‘15F’ military occupational specialty course each year, providing the Army a continuous supply of Soldiers to keep its helicopters airborne and operational.

Maintaining a steady supply of 15Fs is an important task with over 5,000 helicopters, sometimes referred to as “birds”, in service and all dependent on functioning electrical components.

“Without this, Army aviation ceases to exist,” says Sgt. 1st Class Hezekiah Jenkins, Charlie Company, 1-210th Aviation Regiment, 1st Battalion, 128th Aviation Brigade, 15F instructor. “This is where they’re born, this is where they’re raised, and hopefully where they come back to reciprocate all that knowledge they’ve taken in and experienced.”

The Army has also been modifying the delivery of the education to students. Recent years have seen the transition to more hands-on education as well as less instructor dictated.