of Southern Mississippi ROTC students took a ride in one of the
U.S. Army's premier operation support aircraft, the Black Hawk helicopter,
as part of an orientation session Thursday afternoon at Pride Field
on the university's Hattiesburg campus.
Two of the
aircraft were flown to Southern Miss for the orientation from the
U.S. Army Aviation Facility in Jackson, according to Maj. Gregory
Hargett, recruiting operations officer for the Southern Miss Army
this (orientation) about once a year," Hargett said. "This
provides an opportunity for them (students) to see this kind of
equipment up close, which they may be working with after they receive
their officer commission (completion of ROTC program)."
the two helicopters were twin-engine UH-60 Black Hawks, produced
by the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. The Black Hawk serves as a
general lift utility helicopter for the military for troop transportation,
among other uses, with the ability to carry about a dozen troops
in addition to the pilot and crew.
very critical to military operations," Hargett said. "It
can get to places where vehicles usually can't go."
The Black Hawk
is also used for division-level transportation, Hargett said.
a Southern Miss senior and ROTC cadet from the Altair community
in Wayne County, said Thursday's session flying in the Black Hawk
was a good introduction to the aircraft, especially for those ROTC
students participating this summer in the ROTC's LDAC (Leader Development
and Assessment Course). The LDAC provides students an opportunity
to learn more about the military's aircraft.
gives them (students taking the LDAC) a chance to view the helicopter
before taking the course so they can see how it operates,"