Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 9 years ago

Do Army Night Stalkers do other things besides go out at night retreiving things that other aircrafts dropped?

and other than learn hand-to-hand combat fighting.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Ha ha yeah, they do many things, but picking up things folks dropped is actually saying they are retrieving personnel who were inserted by a fixed-wing/heli-borne aircraft and the extraction is done by the 160th SOAR aka "The Night Stalkers." The hand-to-hand is more Army Combatives vs. learning to be Bruce Lee. The basic levels are taught to all Soldiers through their units and/or the Soldier's attendance at one of the Combatives Courses given.

    Here is a little bit about there history and overall mission:

    Here's their recruitment video:

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    Here is an overview of the unit:

    The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) is a special operations unit of the United States Army that provides helicopter aviation support for general purpose forces and Special Operations Forces. Its missions have included attack, assault, and reconnaissance, and are usually conducted at night, at high speeds and low altitudes, on short notice, and in secret. The force is headquartered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The 160th SOAR (A) are also known as the Night Stalkers and its motto is Night Stalkers Don't Quit.

    The regiment consists of a training company, the Special Operations Aviation Training Company, and four battalions: the 1st and 2nd at Fort Campbell, the 3rd at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, and the 4th at Fort Lewis, Washington. This allows the 160th to quickly assemble mixed forces to meet short-notice special operations needs.

    The 160th SOAR (A) consists of the Army's best-qualified aviators and support soldiers. Officers volunteer while enlisted soldiers volunteer or are assigned by the U.S. Army Human Resources Command. All soldiers receive intensive training upon joining the 160th and are required to pass the Green Platoon course. The basic Night Stalker course for enlisted soldiers lasts five weeks; the officer course 20 to 28 weeks. A new Night Stalker is designated fully mission qualified after a year or two, and earns flight lead qualification in three to five years. The 160th recruits women, though only for staff positions.

    The Night Stalkers pioneered many of the techniques and helped develop much of the equipment now used at night by other Army aviation units.

    The 160th SOAR fly modifications of MH-47 Chinooks, AH-6 Little Birds, and MH-60 Blackhawks. More specifically:

    AH-6M Little Bird

    MH-6M Little Bird

    MH-60K Blackhawk

    MH-60L Blackhawk

    MH-60L Blackhawk Direct Action Penetrator

    MH-47D Chinook

    MH-47E Chinook

    MH-47G Chinook

    Source(s): US Army vet who has seen this awesome unit in action.
  • Wraeth
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    That is not even close to the mission of the Night Stalkers. The 160th SOAR's mission is to provide aerial assets for the transportation and support of JSOC units. Namely the Rangers and Delta. They do not go out and pick up things aircraft have dropped, and they do not learn any more hand to hand combat than anyone else.

    Source(s): US Army Scout
  • 9 years ago

    As a matter of fact, yes, they do, actually.

  • 9 years ago

    That's not exactly the mission of the 160th SOAR. They provide helo support (ferrying around, and close air support) for special operations forces like Rangers from the Regiment, or SF operators, etc. According to Wikipedia (I'm too lazy to explain it), they're typically tasked with "attack, assault, and reconnaissance".

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  • 9 years ago


    Source(s): Black Hawk Down
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