In April, I had the privilege of participating in USAACE’s Spouses’ Aviation Day (SAD) here at Fort Rucker! The day gave some of us wives (spouses) a glimpse into what our husbands endure while here for flight school.
LRC (Leadership Reaction Course): We completed 2 “obstacles” or challenges that we had to navigate as a team and get through.
EST: Electronic Skills Trainer or weapons simulator. First we had to “qualify” on the range with our M4s. Then came the fun part. 🙂 Melissa got to break out the big guns. I jumped on the MK-19 quick, fast, and in a hurry! Haha, the second room was definitely the most fun and we were “downrange” shooting up bad guys on a life size video game. This was a fun portion, but I definitely like shooting outside on a real gun better.
Dunker/HOST: Helicopter Overwater Survival Training. We didn’t get to do the actual dunker…BOO. (I mean, hey, we all signed the release, big Army!) We did “suit up” though and had to swim under water through a door and back up. I have a newfound respect for the pilots/spec ops soldiers that navigate this course every few years for the rest of their careers.
Helicopter Simulators: We saved the best for last! Finally I was given the chance to “fly” a helicopter! We started out with our Pre-Flight Briefing (where I had to educate them that there ARE, in fact, black helicopters in the Army) and proceeded to our simulators. I chose a Black Hawk (Chinooks weren’t available…lame) in the simulator and even landed on the back of an aircraft carrier down off the coast of Destin! (We won’t mention the fact that I also “crashed” or red screened it to play around! We’ll leave the flying to Ryan.
Finally the day concluded with our very own graduation over at the Aviation Museum! We all walked across the stage to receive our completion certificates and “Flight” Wings!
Overall, I had an absolute blast and i’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to attend such a fun event. I can imagine how much work it was to put an event of this size on for the spouses and i’m so thankful to Fort Rucker and USAACE for giving us a day of fun (I mean, good – hard training!
Go Green Team – SHE HULKS! “SMASH IT!!!!!”