Pittsburg State University ROTC Air Mobile Exercise

By Bryan McLoone | bmcloone@nexstar.tv

Published 03/13 2014 06:28PM

Updated 03/13 2014 07:29PM

PITTSBURG, KS.--- Pittsburg State University ROTC students get the chance to experience equipment they could use once they enter the military. The annual air mobile exercise teaches the cadets how to manage an air craft, and though this training is important, it's also fun for everyone involved. With the help of three United States Army Blackhawk Helicopters, the PSU ROTC cadets took part in their annual air mobile exercise.

"It's a fairly realistic of a operation they could see once their actually commissioned," said Christopher Lambert, PSU Chairman of the ROTC Program.

PSU Chairman of the ROTC Program Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Lambert says the cadets get their first chance to practice how to properly get into a helicopter, as well how to manage weapon systems on the air craft.

"Just train them in leadership and problem solving and what a perfect opportunity we have here today with the help of the Kansas National Guard," said Lambert.  

"Usually, once a year we try to come down here and facilitate their training by getting them into a helicopter," said 

Kansas Army National Guard Major Joshua Urban is a graduate of PSU and former ROTC member.  He says this exercise is a privilege to the cadets.

 "They work hard throughout the semester doing P.T. and training and all that stuff. It's kind of unique, not everyone gets to ride in a Blackhawk, so it provides them that unique opportunity to ride in them," said Joshua Urban, Kansas Army National Guard Major.
The PSU cadets do two hours of simulation exercises a week, but Lambert says this is the exercise everyone waits for.  

"Usually there is an excitement level for someone who hasn't been on a helicopter before. It's a motivational day for them," said Lambert. 

Major Joshua Urban says the Blackhawk helicopters each weigh more than 17,000 pounds when fully equipped and can fit up to 15 people inside. 

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