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Aviation intelligence Soldiers train for upcoming Afghanistan mission


Staff Sgt. Dianne Smith, an all-source intelligence analyst with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, produces a report to be used by pilots to plan a future mission. Key members from 10th CAB traveled to Fort Rucker, Ala., for an aviation training exercise to prepare for their deployment to Afghanistan later this year. Courtesy Photo.
Staff Sgt. Dianne Smith, an all-source intelligence analyst with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, produces a report to be used by pilots to plan a future mission. Key members from 10th CAB traveled to Fort Rucker, Ala., for an aviation training exercise to prepare for their deployment to Afghanistan later this year. Courtesy Photo.

Spc. Amanda Jo Brown

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FORT RUCKER, Ala. – Key personnel from each battalion of 10th Combat Aviation Brigade arrived here last month to participate for nine days in the Afghanistan aviation training exercise.

Soldiers of 10th CAB performed in the Aviation Warfighter Simulation Center as the 76th group to conduct training since the center opened. Simulated wartime missions in the AWSC allow collective training through realistic scenarios to promote readiness on the battlefield for units preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

Among those who took part in the exercise was Staff Sgt. Dianne Smith, an all-source analyst with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion.

Having Smith during the AATX was critical because of what her job as the intelligence NCO in charge entails. All-source analysts research and familiarize themselves with the local social behavior, economics and religious observances. They document data and watch for patterns in activities.

“It is our job to provide enemy awareness for Army aircraft,” she said.

Smith and her Soldiers also provide weather information. They obtain each report from the Air Force’s Staff Weather Office. The intelligence section provides the weather approximately three to five days in advance for upcoming missions to give pilots the information they need.

Being able to use these skills during the AATX helped to give Smith a complete picture of the internal administrative involvement during deployment settings.

“I have the knowledge now of how (my shop) fits into Tactical Operation Center operations,” she said. “It also gave me a sense of the battle rhythm of a typical day.”

Smith expressed that this new knowledge will be very valuable for her and the Soldiers of her section.

 

Brown serves with 3rd GSAB, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade.





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