Up & Coming Weekly

April 19, 2016

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The Fayet tev ille-For t Bragg communit y paid it s respect s to the men and women of the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalr y Regiment during a � ly over at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. The For t Bragg-based squadron is the last on dut y in the United St ates. The squadron and it s 30 helicopters have been reassigned to South Korea. The OH-58D K iowa Warrior primarily operates as an armed reconnaissance aircraf t in suppor t of ground troops. Except for the one remaining squadron, the Bell K iowa is being replaced by the Boeing AH-64 Apache At t ack Helicopter. The � inal � light f rom Simmons Army Air� ield to Fayet tev ille and back was the communit y 's way of say ing thank you for the ser v ice and farewell. The K iowa Warrior helicopter has played a key scouting role for decades. The Bell OH-58 K iowa is a family of single-engine, single-rotor helicopters used for obser vation, utilit y and direct � ire suppor t . Bell manufact ured the OH-58 for the Army based on it s civ ilian Jet Ranger aircraf t . The OH-58 has been in continuous use by the U. S. Army since 1969. The latest model, the OH-58D K iowa Warrior, is primarily operated as an armed reconnaissance aircraf t in suppor t of ground troops. It is used worldw ide hav ing been expor ted to Austria, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia. The 17th Cavalr y is an historical organization that began as a regiment of cavalr y follow ing the Poncho Villa Expedition. The unit was constit uted in July 1916 in the Reg ular Army as the 17th Cavalr y at For t Bliss, Texas, and originally inactivated in September 1921. Then, it was reorganized as a par t of the Army 's Regiment al System in an ongoing ef for t to maint ain the lineage and histor y of the Army. In early spring 2006, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalr y, transferred to For t Campbell, Kent uck y, and was re� lagged as the 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalr y of the 101st Airborne Div ision (Air Assault). As par t of the Army 's modular force struct ure, the 1st Squadron was reassigned to the 82nd Airborne Div ision's reorganized 82nd C AB. This summer, the squadron depar t s For t Bragg for Korea. W hen the unit was reactivated and assig ned to the 82nd C AB. The formation included: Headquar ters and Headquar ters Company (Gr y phon), 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalr y Regiment (Saber), 1st At t ack Reconnaissance Bat t alion ( Wolf pack), 2nd Assault Bat t alion (Corsair), 3rd General Suppor t Av iation Bat t alion ( Talon), and 122nd Av iation Suppor t Bat t alion (Atlas). W hen Saber 's nine-month deploy ment to South Korea is completed nex t year, the unit w ill sw itch to more modern Apache helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). Air cavalr y soldiers are sometimes seen wearing traditional Stet son headgear. It was the headgear of Cavalr y men during the late 18th cent ur y into the 19th cent ur y, including the Indian Wars, Civ il War and Mexican-American War. In the modern Army, the Stet son was rev ived as an unauthorized, unof� icial headgear for the sake of esprit de corps. Because it is not authorized, wear and use of the Stet son is reg ulated by unit commanders. Kiowas Fly By and Away by JEFF THOMPSON SATURDAY, APRIL 23 rd at 7:00 PM CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY, BUTLER CHAPEL 60 T.T. LANIER STREET BUIES CREEK, NC 27506 SUNDAY, APRIL 24 TH at 6:30 PM SNYDER MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 701 WESTMONT DRIVE FAYETTEVILLE, NC 28305 Come enjoy a variety of music and styles as nine talented pianists play 4 grand pianos together. There will be music for everyone including classical, sacred, patriotic, pop, and jazz tunes. This is one of the Sanctioned and signature events of the Dogwood Festival. 12 APRIL 20-26, 2016 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM

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