Killeen: A&M Central Texas ROTC conducts Operation Warrior Lift

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) ROTC Cadets from Texas A&M Central Texas conducted a series of training exercises with four UH 60 Black Hawk helicopters on Tuesday afternoon at the university's athletic field.

ROTC Cadets from Texas A&M Central Texas conducted a series of training exercises with four UH 60 Black Hawk helicopters on Tuesday afternoon at the university's athletic field. (Photo by Christopher Provan)

The exercises are part of Operation Warrior Lift, a scenario-based air assault operation to seize and hold key terrain, utilizing the Black Hawks.

The helicopters were provided by Alpha Company 2-238th GSAB, Colorado National Guard.

Pilot and CWO 3 Rick Peevy says he's happy that both the pilots and the cadets get something out of the exercises.

"The nuances of having someone actually getting in and out of the aircraft just adds a level of complexity that makes it more realistic," he said.

Realistic to the point where cadets like Pedro Rivera want to get it done correctly and efficiently.

"If you're not able to effectively communicate with these pilots, that could mean life or death for the soldiers under your command," he said.

Through communication and teamwork, the pilots, cadets and future Army officers made what looked like something out of an action movie into a life-saving military operation.