US NATO Kosovo Force soldiers practice aerial gunnery
RAMJANE/RAMIJAN, Kosovo – Soldiers from Multinational Battle Group East’s aviation element took advantage of an aerial gunnery opportunity May 3-5, completing a training requirement while on a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.
RAMJANE/RAMIJAN, Kosovo — Army Sgt. David Martin, of Bardstown, Ky., engages targets during annual qualification at a range near Ramjane/Ramijan, Kosovo May 3-5. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Dodds)
2 photos: RAMJANE/RAMIJAN, Kosovo — Army Sgt. David Martin, of Bardstown, Ky., engages targets during annual qualification at a range near Ramjane/Ramijan, Kosovo May 3-5. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua
Photo 1 of 2: RAMJANE/RAMIJAN, Kosovo — Army Sgt. David Martin, of Bardstown, Ky., engages targets during annual qualification at a range near Ramjane/Ramijan, Kosovo May 3-5. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Dodds) Download full-resolution version
RAMJAN/RAMIJANE, Kosovo — Army Staff Sgt. Matt Singer, of Simpsonville, Ky., attaches a M-240B machine gun to an Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter prior to qualifying for aerial gunnery near Ramjan/Ramijane, Kosovo, during annual soldier skill training May 3-5.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Dodds)
2 photos: RAMJAN/RAMIJANE, Kosovo — Army Staff Sgt. Matt Singer, of Simpsonville, Ky., attaches a M-240B machine gun to an Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter prior to qualifying for aerial gunnery near Ramja
Photo 2 of 2: RAMJAN/RAMIJANE, Kosovo — Army Staff Sgt. Matt Singer, of Simpsonville, Ky., attaches a M-240B machine gun to an Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter prior to qualifying for aerial gunnery near Ramjan/Ramijane, Kosovo, during annual soldier skill training May 3-5. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Dodds) Download full-resolution version
RAMJANE/RAMIJAN, Kosovo — Army Sgt. David Martin, of Bardstown, Ky., engages targets during annual qualification at a range near Ramjane/Ramijan, Kosovo May 3-5. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Dodds)
RAMJAN/RAMIJANE, Kosovo — Army Staff Sgt. Matt Singer, of Simpsonville, Ky., attaches a M-240B machine gun to an Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter prior to qualifying for aerial gunnery near Ramjan/Ramijane, Kosovo, during annual soldier skill training May 3-5.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Dodds)

RAMJANE/RAMIJAN, Kosovo — Soldiers from Multinational Battle Group East’s aviation element took advantage of an aerial gunnery opportunity May 3-5, completing a training requirement while on a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.

About 20 crew chiefs from Bravo Company., 2-147th Aviation Battalion, took part in the aerial gunnery qualification range, which consisted of firing an M-240B machine gun from an Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in various scenarios.

The scenarios ranged from firing while landing to a high speed pass while engaging targets. The coordination between pilot and gunner is part of the challenge provided by this annual event.  The flight instructors created  tactical scenarios that included current tactics, techniques and procedures learned from military operations around the globe.

The pilots get a chance to log challenging, tactical flight time, while the crew chiefs qualify on the weapons. The entire crew benefits from the training, especially as it relates to aircrew coordination

 “It went pretty smooth,” said Army Chief Warrant Officer John Radford, a UH-60 pilot from Burlington, Ky. “These guys are getting familiar with the calls and knowing when to clear the weapon.  The quicker we can get these newer guys trained on how the whole system works the better they will be when deployed in the future.”

Multinational Battle Group East is a U.S.- led unit, commanded by Army Brig. Gen. Al Dohrmann. This battle group is comprised of nearly 1,200 soldiers, including Task Force Hellas and Task Force POL/UKR (Polish/Ukraine) and Turkey.  The charter mission of MNBG-E is maintaining a safe and secure environment and providing freedom of movement for the people in Kosovo.

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