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Day at the fence: Gilze-Rijen October 15, 2018
 
Latest update: October 2018
 
From October 15 until October 18 a CH-47F Chinook from US Army Europe 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (12th CAB) visited its colleagues from 298 squadron. It was the second visit by a 12th CAB battalion to Gilze-Rijen this year. In June three Sikorsky UH-60M Blackhawks from A/1-214 AVN based at Wiesbaden also spend a few days at Gilze.

12th CAB is the only permanent assigned Combat Aviation Brigade in Europe. However compared to the size of its stateside colleagues is limited. These CAB's consist of one Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB: AH-64D or AH-64E), one General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB: UH-60L, CH-47F, HH-60M), one Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB: UH-60M) and one squadron of a Cavalry Regiment (AH-64D or AH-64E) with each of these battalions made up of three companies (or troops). 12th CAB has one ARB (1-3 AVN with three companies equipped with AH-64D's), one GSAB (1-214 AVN three companies equipped with the UH-60A+, UH-60M and CH-47F). To support its commanders 1-214 AVN also has one company fielding the fixed wing C-12U-3 and UC-35A.
From early 2017 the 12th CAB is reinforced by colleague CAB's which are deployed on a nine month rotational basis as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Nicknamed "Big Windy" Hotel company, 1st General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB), 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (H/1-214 AVN) has around 10 Boeing CH-47F Chinooks assigned and is based at Ansbach in Bavaria.

H/1-214 AVN CH-47F on approach to runway 28. Also on approach to runway a CH-47D from 298 squadron. One of the two CH-47Fs of 298 squadron turning towards runway 10.

Three different color schemes applied to the Chinooks. US Army CH-47F "olive drab", Royal Netherlands Air Force CH-47D "dark green" and CH-47F "grey".

The batch from H/1-214 AVN on the tail of the Chinook:
"Size doesn't matter".


In the morning two CH-47F's were active with one departing to and arriving from de Veluwe and the other one active on the air base then departing for a visit to GLV-V near Eindhoven Air Base. Also one Apache was flying its mission.
After the Chinook arrived back from GLV-V two PC-7s from 131 EMVO squadron from nearby Woensdrecht Air Base made an approach on runway 10 then heading to Eindhoven. As the squadron celebrated its 30th anniversary in October aircraft L-13 received a special tail. A police AW139 helicopter arrived to do some work on the sling areas. On departure it said "see you in the afternoon". After one CH-47F arrived back the runway in use was changed from 10 to 28.

In the afternoon again two Chinooks were flying this time one CH-47F and a CH-47D, a AS532.U2 Cougar returned from a mission in Flevoland and two Apaches also returned. Visiting as announced was a police AW139 and also saw the return of PC-7 "L-13" which this time came from Eindhoven and continued back to his home base.

The Cougar requested to go to the slopes south for some training which was followed some time late by the CH-47D. To close the day the CH-47F arrived back from the Veluwe.

Note: two aircraft from the Royal Netherlands Historic Flight were also flying (a Beech D18S and an AT-16ND Harvard IIB) but both were using runway 20 for takeoff and landing.
 
Photo gallery
 
     
One CH-47F conducted some local training and made a few approaches at runway 10. The first PC-7 to arrive on approach to runway 10.
 
And number two which was higher than his colleague in front of him.
 
     
 
The US Army Europe H/1-214 AVN Chinook on short final runway 28. One of the Apaches flying in the afternoon returns. Apache over the threshold of runway 28.
     
     
The 300 squadron Cougar at work
on the slopes south.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force historic flight Beech D18S is visible in the back.
     
     
A last approach followed by a
landing before leaving to the 300 squadron ramp.  
     
     
Chinook just completed its training at  the slopes and takes off to return to the 298 squadron ramp.
     
 
The CH-47F arriving back from its  training to the Veluwe area