Des Moines, Iowa --
During June drill, members of the 132d Operations Support Squadron (OSS) Intelligence joined the annual training for Charlie Company 2, 147th Air Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB) in Boone, Iowa, by providing mission planning support to their aircrews and joining their teams for an air assault training mission that took place in the surrounding areas.
Members of the 132d OSS Intelligence have provided support to the 147th AHB for eight years. The partnership began as pre-deployment support including briefings and trainings in threats, current intelligence, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape and preparation of the environment.
Throughout the years, the OSS Intel group has supported multiple Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk and Boeing CH-47 Chinook deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. This partnership has turned into continuous support and training during dwell periods.
The support from intelligence members provided a realistic training environment and enabled them to practice supporting mission sets outside of the 132d Wing.