HITRONHelicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron
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The first daytime training workup, done while in port in San Diego, reveals a number of problems with equipment, mostly relating to the lack of communication between the HITRON pilots and the vessels.
Officially, Studeville is an aircraft maintenance technician who is trained in helicopter rescue, but he jumped at the chance to become a HITRON gunner.
HITRON crews, generally, cannot obtain waivers to jettison rules that govern how often they fly.
In search-and-rescue missions, how the HITRON crew can react depends on the experience of the aviation crew.
HITRON pilots say their attitudes are more accommodating because they have chosen this line of work.
With HITRON aboard, he wants the victory to be total.
HITRON air operations officer Commander Ed Cubanski III has more than 2,500 total flight hours in the T-34C Turbo-Mentor, TH-57 Sea Ranger, HH-65A Dolphin and the MH-68A.
HITRON training officer Lieutenant Commander Marcus Lopez recalled, "During a deployment we did a daytime launch, the alarm on the boat went off and we intercepted a go-fast.
HITRON and its personnel are up to any challenges that arise.
When HITRON commanding officer Captain Walter Reger was asked about his job, he responded, "HITRON Jacksonville started out as an experiment about three and a half years ago as a means to be more effective in counternarcotics on the high seas, a Coast Guard responsibility.
Everyone is focused on making HITRON succeed, so we have great morale.
Subsequent to the events of 9-11, HITRON was also identified as a resource for the homeland security role," Capt.