An Army Pathfinder is a specialized soldier inserted or dropped into place in order to set up and operate drop zones, pickup zones, and helicopter landing sites for airborne operations, air resupply operations, or other air operations in support of the ground unit commander.
Pathfinders were first established during World War II. Since then, the US Army has created a 3-weeks course in Fort Benning, Georgia to prepare infantry soldiers to earn the Pathfinder patch, and to serve an important role in today’s modern military. In this video, we get a glimpse of the Pathfinders of Fox Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade conducting operations in the Zabul Province in Afghanistan.
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