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August 29, 2023

K-State Army ROTC cadets complete US Army Air Assault course

Submitted by Brad Roush

Cadet Carson Paul's class conducts rappel from UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.

K-State students Andrew Underwood, senior in criminology; Talyn Propst, sophomore in computer science; and Carson Paul, senior in accounting, all earned the coveted Air Assault Badge this summer by completing the U.S. Army's premier course on airmobile and air assault helicopter operations.

U.S. Army Air Assault School is a 10-day course designed to prepare soldiers for insertion, evacuation and pathfinder missions that call for the use of assault helicopters. Air Assault training focuses on the mastery of rappelling techniques and sling load procedures. The training consists of three phases: Combat Assault, Sling Load, and Rappel. To graduate, these Wildcats completed each phase successfully, rappelled out of a helicopter and completed a 12-mile weighted foot march in under three hours.

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