What does IYACYAS mean ?
Among other things: AirCav
With some Action
Or maybe Adventure
Using lots of Ammo
And some Aviation
The full Background
Could be Cavalry
Probably in Combat
On these DVDs
There is Equipment
Which might be FUBAR
Of course, Guns Guns Guns
There is History
There are Helicopters
There are many Legends
About Mini-guns & MLRS
And Night Vision
In a Quadrant
During a Recon - Report
Perhaps being Safe or SNAFU
There are Uniforms
Resulting in Victory
The Mission might be to Verify
Utilizing Whiskey or Willy Pete
Austach is German for: Exchange
The last Air Cav unit I was assigned to had an Exchange Program with the German Army. It all began through the internet. A German unit which had a mission very similar to ours contacted my unit to see if we could set up an Exchange Program. It started out slowly and expanded. It was tremendous because it gave us all an opportunit to share common interests ( drinking beer ) and to get to know each others capabilities. We were, and still are, strong allies.
The following video clip is only a short pice of an hour-long documentary created to provide a more detailed look at the entire Exchange Program.
The original full video program was produced for Public Television. It never made it on TV. Maybe it was too violent. Maybe it had the wrong politics.
There is a longer version on one of the DVDs.
I did go on another Exchange. The occasion was an Exercise called, "Baltic Challenge." The year I was involved it was being held in Estonia. The following was from my After Action Report (AAR).
When sea travel was the primary means for commerce and communication, Estonia provided an ideal port environment to access the heartland of Russia with direct access on the Baltic Sea. The waters near Talinn remained passable in the cold northern winters, which made it very practical for year-round travelers. In medieval times, that also meant an intense combination of cultures coming together.
The capital city, Tallin, is a wonderful mixture of old and new. With structures dating back over 1000 years to the latest in fiber-optic and wireless communications, Estonia is constantly evolving to find its new position in the global marketplace. The oldest part of the city offers numerous opportunities to capture the spirit of history in beautiful buildings, which are still in active use.
Although the weather can be less than hospitable during the cold winter months, in summer the atmosphere is positively vibrant. The rich tapestry of ancient cultures comes to life in the quaint streets and wonderful people.
The visuals are strinking. Architecture reflects the various backgrounds of residents and their remarkable history at almost every turn throughout the capital city.
The center of modern government for Estonia is housed in a spectacular building. It is particularly significant after the many years of Soviet domination. Their sense of national pride is certainly evident.
It is here that great minds can gather to discuss important issues. There are many lessons to be learned from the history in this part of the world.
One description of the experience in this magical city was that it seemed like what Disneyland was trying to imitate. The castles are there. The excitement is there. The potential for learning through direct interaction is definitely there. One Cavalry trooper was so impressed with the country that he took over 400 photographs and many hours of video just in a two week visit. Almost every image is stunning.
That is what makes this an ideal location for NATO Exercises, such as Baltic Challenge. Miltary units from around the world take part in practice exercises here to gain valuable experience. Recognition skills are put to the test.
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familiar with the special jargon that is so often used by combat veterans the world over.
This site has been an attempt to educate those of you not schooled in military parlance,
so if you still do not understand what IYACYAS means, then here is a very simple clue:
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