Dedicated to our fallen OH-58D aviators and to all Kiowa Warrior aviators and support troopers who selflessly served in
Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
"Inbound Hot" represents the essence of Army Aviation; skilled and courageous Army Aviators effectively supporting the ground
commander in combat. This painting by Alison Boyle captures that often decisive point in time when a supported ground unit,
engaged in battle with enemy forces, requests immediate aerial fires and has cleared the aircraft "hot" for a direct air-to-ground
"Inbound Hot" effectively illustrates one of these decisive moments during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 when an OH-58D Scout
Weapons Team (SWT) from the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division is called to turn the tide of battle.
This SWT is supporting a ground convoy from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at the intersection of Routes
Tampa and Barracuda in southeastern Mosul, Iraq. After encountering an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), and sustained
Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) and small arms fire, the convoy commander requests assistance from the 1-17 SWT. Without
hesitation, the SWT's Air Mission Commander coordinates fires with the ground commander and within his SWT. Within seconds,
the SWT is Inbound Hot to deliver accurate and effective 2.75" rocket and 50 caliber machine gun fire. Within minutes, enemy fire
ceases and the ground convoy continues its mission.
Depicted in this painting is an OH-58D aircraft with "tail number" 122. This was the same aircraft that A/1-17’s Troop Commander,
CPT Matt Mattingly, was mortally wounded in on 13 September 2006. As Matt died while selflessly supporting the ground
commander, the depiction of Aircraft 122 represents his OH-58D brothers and sisters who also made the ultimate sacrifice.
May they rest in peace knowing that their brave actions saved lives – and that they will never be forgotten.
~ LTC Brian Zarchin, 1-17th XO, OIF 06-08