Spc. Chris Turley, of Pawhuska, a member of the 45th Infantry Brigade’s Company D, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry, took part in the U.S. Army Air Assault School’s Zero-Day at Camp Gruber on April 10.

During Zero-Day, Air Assault School candidates must show that they have the physical stamina to complete a 2-mile run and an eight-station obstacle course before they are accepted into the grueling two-week Air Assault School.

The Air Assault School trains Soldiers in Air Assault operations, sling-load operations, and rappelling. After successfully completing the course, each Soldier is able to perform numerous tasks, which are necessary in order to make maximum use of helicopter assets during combat operations.

During the school, Soldiers learn about the types of missions performed by helicopters, aircraft safety, aero-medical evacuation procedures, pathfinder operations, principles and techniques of combat assaults, rappelling techniques and sling-load operations.