SUBJECT: Task Force 1-11 Combat After Action Report

21 July 1971


(Operation Montana Mustang) (U)


7.  (C)  SUPPORTING FORCES:   (Cont.)


There was a combined total of 505 aircraft. The UH1H helicopter proved to be the workhorse and was utilized on a daily basis in the resupply, coordination, and small element insertion/extraction role. A total of major unit moves were conducted, for a total of 505 sorties, utilizing the aforementioned helicopters. The AH1G was used to provide air cover during these movements, as well as inset/extract missions, and close fire support for maneuver elements in contact with the enemy. The primary reconnaissance and command and control vehicle throughout this time frame has been the OH58. This helicopter was used 1 or 2 hours daily for VR and command and control. Emergency medical evacuations were flown by the 237th Aero-Ambulance Company, attached to the brigade. Numerous evacuations of a nonemergency category were accomplished by the use of the operations aircraft. During quarterly training, both the AH1G and medevac helicopters were utilized in demonstrations for classes conducted to familiarize the troops with their operation and use. A high degree of cooperation by supporting elements of Army Aviation aided greatly in the accomplishment of the assigned missions.


     b. Tactical Air Support: The battalion received a total of 5 tactical air strikes during the operation. All 5 were controlled by airborne FAC’s and were used on suspected enemy locations.

        c. Artillery: TF 1-11 received indirect fire support from the following Artillery Units:  

(1)     Direct Fire Support: 5/4 Artillery (155mm SP)


(2)     Reinforcing: None


(3)     General Support:

                         (a)  8/4 Artillery 175/8”)  
                                    (b)  2/94 Artillery (175/8”)  
                         (c)  1/44 DAW (Dusters)  
                         (d)  1/39 Artillery (175/8”)  
                          (e)  Naval Gunfire  
                           (f)  F/26 TAB (Target Acquisition)  



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