The most notable development at JMRC is the arrival of the US Army's newest helicopter, the LUH-72A Lakota. In fact, I received an e-mail this week from one of my captains' career course classmates, noting that the aircraft arrived just two weeks ago, and they still have that new helicopter smell to them.
The Lakota will replace the aging UH-1 Huey and OH-58C aircraft, performing observer/controller duties for training exercises, VIP transport, aeromedevac, and administrative duties. The Lakota is an "off-the-shelf" design--the US Army simply bought the excellent Eurocopter 145, which serves in police departments, air ambulance detachments, and rescue services all over the world.
In a bizarre twist of fate, Eurocopter purchased the design, which was originally named the Bk-117, from Messerschmitt and Kawasaki. For those needing a brief history lesson, both Messerschmitt and Kawasaki were infamous for producing top-of-the-line fighter aircraft for the German Luftwaffe and Japanese military. Gotta love that post-WW2 capitalistic boom!
Anyway, JMRC's Public Affairs Office released a video of the Lakota's unveiling in Hohenfels, as well as pictures on Flickr.
Initially, I was a little disappointed to leave the US, as I doubted the German Army's ability to produce hilarious dance videos. I had this jingoistic view of the world, believing that only American can produce military music videos. But fear not, thanks to Tom Rid at Kings of War, I realize that the German Luftwaffe can get down with their American counterparts, as evidenced by this video of German troops singing a song about "getting a lasso out". ("Lasso", heh heh heh...) Of course, these sorts of music videos should be relatively simple to make--after all, the Germans do have beer in Uzbekistan.
I particularly like the footage of them driving along the flight line with no seat belts, and the dance moves on top of the C-27 with no reflector belts.