20 April 2017 / 19:19 UTC-07 Tango 06 (01 Ordibehest 1396/24 Rajab 1438/25 Jia Chen 4715)
In the BAT ‘cave’ at Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center, Iowa.
According to the following video report there are only two BAT (BLACKHAWK AIRCREW TRAINER) in use, and the Iowa National Guard is the first state militia unit to get one of them:
By the way, one BAT costs taxpayers $9-million USD, which is cheaper than flying the real thing.
UH-60, WASHINGTON MILITIA SHOOTS THE ‘SHIT’ OUTTA THEIR TWO-FORTIES!
VEHICLE ID: UH-60 BLACK HAWK M240 LIVE FIRE, GRAFENWOEHR
VEHICLE ID: NEW HH-60M FOR HAWAIIAN MILITIA
BLACK HAWK DOWN JAPAN: U.S. ARMY TRAINS YOKOHAMA TO RESCUE DOWNED UH-60 CREWS
In 2015 the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (Idaho, Montana & Oregon) deployed to Fort Irwin, California, for Total Force Warfare training:
126th Engineers, backhoes & bulldozers:
126th Engineers explainer:
Logistics (lots-o-trucks), M2s and M1A2s arrive at Fort Irwin:
The 2015 NTC rotation also included National Guard units from Arkansas and California. The last time the 116th went to NTC was in 1998, with yours truly.
1998 Desert Avenger certificate of appreciation
“THIS IS WHERE ARMOR FIGHTS!” IDAHO NATIONAL GUARD