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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - T.J. Jamison
Two pilots assigned to Fort Bragg were killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.
Army aviators — the soldiers who fly attack missions, ferry troops and supplies, and evacuate the wounded — are in ever-increasing demand even as America eyes the exits in Afghanistan.
"They were two courageous Air Cavalrymen and outstanding Americans. My deepest condolences go out to both their families. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you," said Col. T.J. Jamison, commander of the brigade.
"I just don't see the precision fire capability that this fight really requires, especially when you've got aircraft around that are specifically designed with Hellfire missiles, .30mm cannons with laser range finding," said Col. T.J. Jamison of Broken Arrow, Okla., who commands the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, based at Bagram. "You're not going to get that out of any door gun on the side of an aircraft."