Maj. Mike Barker, supervisory flight instructor for the 1st Brigade Combat Team and lead instructor during the Canadian exercise, listens to Canadian flight engineer Sgt. Roy Zivkow describe Canadian flight operations Nov. 12 during a two-week Canadian training exercise at Army Aviation Support Facility #2 near St. Cloud, Minn.
Capt. Frédéric Guénette, a Canadian Forces pilot based out of St-Hubert, Quebec, performs maintenance checks on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter prior to a training flight Nov. 12 at Army Aviation Support Facility #2 near St. Cloud, MN. Fourteen members of the Canadian Forces are in Minnesota to train on the Minnesota National Guard's Chinook helicopters for an upcoming deployment; Canada's Chinooks are currently being used in Afghanistan.
Chief Warrant Officer Paul Adamson pushes a CH-47 Chinook helicopter onto the flight line prior to a training flight Nov. 12 at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in St. Cloud, Minn.
Sgt. Ray Zivkow, a Canadian Forces flight engineer, looks out on maneuvers over Camp Ripley Nov. 12 during a Canadian Seasoning training exercise. Many of the Canadian troops visiting Minnesota have already been on deployments, but because Canada's CH-47 Chinook helicopters are currently in Afghanistan, Canadian flight crews come to bases in the U.S. to train.
Canadian pilots, avionics mechanics, and flight crews train on Minnesota National Guard Chinooks during a Canadian Seasoning exercise Nov. 12. Fourteen Canadian soldiers have come to Minnesota to train because Canada's Chinooks are currently in theater.
Flight engineers from the Canadian Forces and the Minnesota National Guard look out over Minnesota during a training flight on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter Nov. 12.