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If you have ever been in a Cavalry unit, then you know the Attitude that becomes most apparent when hanging around with other units.

This site is dedicated to all those who serve in the military with special emphasis on those in the Cavalry, and more specifically Air Cav.


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

Involving Defense

On these DVDs

There is Equipment

Which might be FUBAR

Of course, Guns Guns Guns

There is History

There are Helicopters

If You Ain't Cav,

Joint Operations

Kills - Killers - Kill 'em all

There are many Legends

About Mini-guns & MLRS

And Napalm

And Night Vision

Or Observation - Operations

Known Positions

In a Quadrant

During a Recon - Report

Perhaps being Safe or SNAFU

See Target - Pull - Trigger

There are Uniforms

And Units

Resulting in Victory

Via someVectors

The Mission might be to Verify

Utilizing Whiskey or Willy Pete

X - change

If You Ain't Cav

You ain't ___

Zulu


Joint Operations means Army with Air Force or Navy or Marines

The great thing about being Cav is having the ability to call in additional Firepower. The Cav is NOT heavily armed, although that may not appear to be the case. Cav has to give up some armament to have the mobility to maneuver around the battlefield. Cav units are most effective when they have the ability to call in Joint Force Firepower when they encounter enemy forces too large for their own weapons. That is the way it is supposed to work.

We always enjoyed working with the Air Force. They had terrific capabilities.

Back in the good ole days, we had the opportunity for "Arclight missions." That meant B-52s dropping substantial numbers of huge bombs. How anyone could survive that, - I do not know. The media often repeated the saying that, "It was like using a sledge hammer to kill flies." The link below is a terrific video clip with no sound. It was the ultimate "Joint Operation."

B-52 Mission
I wanted to find a Navy video showing 8 inch guns firing from on board ships. This was all I could find:

The old saying was that if you got to call in Naval Gunfire, the projectiles weighed as much as a Volkswagen.

I was close, but never close enough to see the devastation of those big guns.

I did see and feel B-52 strikes, which I will never forget.

Think about thunder and an earthquake - together.

One of the best missions I was ever assigned to was involved with Joint Operations. Not only did it involve Army, Navy and Air Force, but it was for all NATO Forces. 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.

This is what traveling to Joint Operations is all about.


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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:

If You Ain't Cav, You Ain't Seen nuthin

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