Aircraft Recovery Platoon: First of its Kind

The platoon was designed to focus entirely on DART missions, one of the company’s five mission essential task list, or METL, tasks.

The platoon recently tested its training in performing a real-life Downed Aircraft Recovery Mission in Iraq.

“When the commander proposed this idea, I stood up and accepted the challenge of forming this unique organization,” Givens says. “No one knew if we could make it work; now no one knows how we got along without ASEs.”

Editor’s note: This article was originally featured on the Army News Service Web site, on Jan. 24, 2006.

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