The Republic of Singapore Air Drive’s Peace Vanguard detachment accomplished AH-64 Apache aerial gunnery all through July on the Idaho Military Nationwide Guard’s Orchard Fight Coaching Middle, outdoors of Boise, Idaho. The Peace Vanguard detachment has been based mostly in Marana, Arizona, since 2001 and is supported by the Arizona Nationwide Guard’s U.S. Military Flight Coaching Detachment. RSAF pilots fly eight UH-60 Apache Longbow Assault Helicopters and full the identical gunnery necessities and requirements as U.S. pilots. The detachment performed aerial gunnery June 30 to July 29 on the Orchard Fight Coaching Middle for the tenth straight 12 months and was ready to make use of the Nationwide Guard’s solely Digital Air Floor Built-in Vary, which opened in March.

“The scoring is instantaneous. The second a goal is hit, we learn about it. It’s an incredible function as a result of typically you’re undecided if the spherical went by the goal or not. The vary’s pop up and shifting targets additionally supplied pilots with extra life like coaching than most ranges. His grasp gunner was capable of talk with OCTC workers months prematurely to construct and develop a qualification program that ensured every pilot obtained the identical degree of coaching. It’s the perfect job I’ve had within the Military by far. It’s plenty of enjoyable. There’s plenty of uniqueness to working with different international locations. It’s rewarding to interrupt by these cultural boundaries and you’ll see the smile on their faces after they exit and achieve one thing,” mentioned Lt. Col. Jack Denton, commander of the U.S. Military Flight Coaching Detachment.


Based mostly in Arizona, The Singapore contingent operates eight AH-64 Apache Helicopters as a part of the Peace Vanguard Activity Drive.(Picture by Thomas Alvarez/Idaho Military Nationwide Guard )

The vary, which is one in every of two within the U.S. Military, permits air and floor models to coach collectively whereas receiving correct and real-time suggestions on their efficiency. The U.S. Military Flight Coaching Detachment contains six Military Nationwide Guard pilots who fly with RSAF pilots. The association is one in every of a number of preparations the RSAF has with the U.S. navy. RSAF pilots rotate by the coaching station in Arizona for the chance to coach in desert environments and alongside U.S. pilots. Whereas on the OCTC, RSAF pilots performed particular person and crew-level {qualifications} and labored with Marine Joint Terminal Assault Controllers to simulate offering shut air assist. Every engagement is recorded, which permits crews the prospect to evaluate their coaching run whereas receiving real-time suggestions from senior pilots, grasp gunners and vary personnel.

Crews had been additionally capable of sleep and refuel on the Orchard Fight Coaching Middle whereas coaching. The DAGIR is one in every of 23 ranges on the Orchard Fight Coaching Middle, positioned 18 miles south of Boise. The Orchard Fight Coaching Middle is a premier joint mixed arms coaching web site positioned 18 miles south of Boise, Idaho. The 143,000 acre coaching middle is positioned inside the boundaries of the Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Nationwide Conservation Space and has been utilized by the Idaho Nationwide Guard and Military Reserve since 1953. Huge terrain, world class ranges and four-season local weather contribute to this being an excellent location to arrange Brigade Fight Groups and different models for fight in a troublesome and life like coaching setting. The OCTC is devoted to offering world-class coaching amenities for the warfare fighter by environment friendly, versatile {and professional} customer support.

Republic of Singapore Air Force Peace Vanguard Concludes Training at Orchard Combat Training Center
The Idaho Military Nationwide Guard’s Orchard Fight Coaching Middle was host to components of the Republic of Singapore Air Drive throughout July. (Picture by Thomas Alvarez/Idaho Military Nationwide Guard )