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Host Nation Support for 10th CAB,  26/27 Oct. 2017

For nine months the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York has been deployed to Europe to support the US Army Atlantic Resolve mission. The goal of the mission is to discourage foreign aggression and to ensure peace and stability in the region.


Approximately 80 US Army helicopters (AH-64 Apaches, CH-47 Chinooks and UH-60 Blackhawks) were deployed throughout Europe. Illesheim AAF and Ansbach AAF (Germany), Lielvarde (Latvia), Powidz (Poland) and Mihail Kogalniceanu (Romania) were some of the bases used during nine month deployment.


Halfway October the ship Endurance entered Zeebrugge Harbor, on board helicopters of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade based at Fort Hood, Texas. After the offload the helicopters were flown to Chièvres AB in Belgium. With the relief troops ready to deploy throughout Europe it was time for 10th Combat Aviation Brigade to withdraw and head home. During the withdrawl Host Nation Support was provided by the Netherlands.


The purpose of NATO's Host Nation Support concept is to provide effective support to NATO military activities and to achieve efficiencies and economies of scale through the best use of a host nation's available resources. In the case of the withdrawl of the 10th CAB the Netherlands provided Host Nation Support by using Eindhoven Airbase and Rotterdam Harbor.


For a week the US Army helicopters used Eindhoven Airbase as fuel stop and to remain over night en route to Rotterdam Harbor. The helicopters arrived (mostly) in formations of four, from Lucius D. Clay Kaserne, formerly known as Wiesbaden AAF. The arrivals were planned in the afternoon, the departure towards Rotterdam Harbor the next morning. After arrival in Rotterdam Harbor the helicopters were partly dismantled and loaded on board the ship to bring them back to the US. The weather wasn't really cooperative so the scheduele changed from day one.


No less than 55 US Army helicopters visited Eindhoven during this week; 16 AH-64Ds, 12 CH-47Fs, 12 HH-60Ms, 11 UH-60Ms and 4 UH-60Ls. We visited Eindhoven AB during the two busiest days of the week which resulted in a nice score.



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