On Sept. 14, Company C, 122nd Aviation Support Battalion, started its training cycle’s culminating exercise directly supporting the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s Tactical Operation Center at Simmons Army Airfield. Company C facilitates the CAB’s mission command. They linked the brigade to subordinate battalions during aerial gunnery exercises taking place simultaneously at Fort Bragg, Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, and at Fort Cherry Point, North Carolina.
The CAB relies on Co. C’s infrastructure to build a common operational picture linking warfighters, the CAB’s staff and the CAB commander, Col. Erik Gilbert. The network infrastructure that the company provides allows for coordinated fires support for the 82nd Airborne Division’s war-fighters via Apaches and Kiowa warriors, Black Hawks, Chinooks and Kiowa warriors.
The company’s infrastructure also supports communications equipment that makes it possible to gather intelligence and battle track.
“When there’s a warfighter relying on you for communication back to their headquarters during a firefight, or for a medevac, it’s a no fail,” said Capt. Joshua Winsett, Co. C’s commander. “Our Soldiers know that they have an important job. We reinforce that message as much as possible here at Charlie Company.”
“We had to revisit the basics. We trained from the ground up . . .,” Winsett said.