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
I created this web site to provide a brief glimpse into my 35 years in the Army, serving mostly in Air Cav units.
There are obviously many others who have served in military units around the world with stories similar to mine.
This site will attempt to bring together a digital version of the comraderie we all feel as a result of combat missions.
My own first combat experience was in Viet Nam and that was where the Air Cavaly concept originally began. Rather than detail the complete history in text that would require hours of reading, I have chosen a few video clips from the web to illustrate the background.
The first three clips are specifically about the development of operations, which were entirely new at the time. They were referred to as, "Air Mobility Team," shortened to "Air Mobile," which later became the basis for units known as, "Air Cavalry," or the shorter version, "Air Cav."
Air Cavalry 1965 Part 1
Viet Nam offered pilots remarkable freedom in the way they flew because the enemy did not have aircraft to pose a threat, with the exception being in North Viet Nam and their MiG fighters.
Helicopter pilots were concerned about the threat of hostile fire more from the ground, than from the air. In most cases, the main threats to helicopters were from small arms.
It was not until later in the war that shoulder launched, heat seeking missiles were available to the enemy, and of course, I had to become one of their first targets.
My tour was pretty much toward the end of the conflict and right up near the DMZ, so I had to deal with the more modern threats like SA-7s, tanks, radar and ZSU's. You can look that up conveniently under the April Offensive of 1972.
That would also explain the title the book I am writing, Where were you in '72 ?"
Air Cavalry 1965 Part 2
Let me just say that when I got "in - country," there were many stories about pilots who flew around in jeans, t-shirts and cowboy boots.
Whether they were called out on a Quick Reaction Mission from being off duty, I do not know. All I know is the uniforms are pretty funny in those old clips.
Air Cavalry 1965 Part 3
There are many more video clips that could illustrate the Cavalry Concept, but here are just a few:
This site is dedicated to all those who serve in the military, and by serving have become
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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