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1-228th Aviation Regiment heads to the Caribbean

A U.S. Army crew chief assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment starts pre-flight checks on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter for deck landing qualifications at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015.  The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations.   Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A U.S. Army crew chief assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment starts pre-flight checks on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter for deck landing qualifications at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015. The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A U.S. Navy crew plane handler ties down a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015.  The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations.  Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A U.S. Navy crew plane handler ties down a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015. The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A U.S. Navy aircraft handling officer, assigned to the USS Kauffman, signals to the pilot of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, that the chalks and ties have be removed and the aircraft can take off during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015.  The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations.  Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A U.S. Navy aircraft handling officer, assigned to the USS Kauffman, signals to the pilot of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, that the chalks and ties have be removed and the aircraft can take off during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015. The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A UH-60 helicopter, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment makes an approach to the USS Kauffman during deck landing qualifications off the coast of  Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015.  The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations.  Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A UH-60 helicopter, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment makes an approach to the USS Kauffman during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015. The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

U.S. Navy plane handlers leave the rotor area after tying down a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015.  The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations.  Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

U.S. Navy plane handlers leave the rotor area after tying down a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015. The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A U.S. Navy aircraft handling officer signals for members of the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment to board a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015.  The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations.  Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A U.S. Navy aircraft handling officer signals for members of the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment to board a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015. The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A U.S. Navy landing signal officer helps the members of the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment land a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015.  The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations.   Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A U.S. Navy landing signal officer helps the members of the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment land a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015. The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A U.S. Navy aircraft handling officer prepares members of the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment for takeoff during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015.  The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations.  Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

A U.S. Navy aircraft handling officer prepares members of the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment for takeoff during deck landing qualifications off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 1, 2015. The 1-228th Avn. Reg. aircrew participated in deck landing qualifications on board the USS Kauffman to qualify pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. Kauffman is on its final scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility supporting multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

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