CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 238th General Support Aviation Battalion, Delaware Army National Guard, the 702nd Ordnance Company, Grafenwoehr, Germany, and the 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Iowa Army National Guard, came together to carry out the first helicopter landing site clearing operation assigned to Regional Command-East, Kosovo Force, on Dec. 30, 2020. Operation Sweeper will be an ongoing mission and conducted regularly throughout the year.
“Operation Sweeper is something that we do in order to ensure a safe and secure environment in Kosovo,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Corey Buterbaugh, an aviation mission survivability officer with Company A, 3-238th. “Part of what we do at some regular interval is to sweep helicopter landing sites for unexploded ordnance. We have some Soldiers with EOD. We take them out to the sites and they clear the sites.”