Interview with a member of the EADA

"Sand suffers but it passes, if you are a pupas this is not your place, it is a demanding unit..."

First of all we remind you that you can participate in these interviews by accessing our Discord channel. That said, we leave you with a brief presentation of the EADA colleague whom we have had the pleasure of interviewing, we hope you like it and we will read you in the comments section.

"Good morning, I hope I can answer your questions as best as possible. My military career when I left the ETESDA, which is the Air Force school where you previously pass a general military training before going to your destination, I went directly to the EADA (air deployment support squadron). That said, my arrival in the unit in 2010 was tough, like any recruit new to an operational unit, but it has been an honor to serve and learn alongside the people I have come across. I have learned from everyone, colleagues from the unit itself, colleagues from other units or armies, etc. I have done 4 deployments in Afghanistan, as an operator of Raven (UAV) assistant of CCT (COMBAT CONTROL TEAM) the job of this is air traffic control but at the foot of the runways, without a tower, equipped and with a radio, to be able to give way to aircraft such as helicopters or airplanes for landing on unprepared runways. My next deployment was as AMPT (AIR MOBILE PROTECTION TEAM) they are in charge of the security of Spanish aircraft when they land in unsafe areas and my last deployment in Afghanistan was as CPT (VIP ESCORTS) in this case the Colonel in chief of the force of the air detachment.

My next deployments have been in Africa several times in Libreville and many others in Senegal, both as AMPT, the next one is March 12 and in this case we are going to instruct the Senegalese special forces as CPT and so on until today.

There are many courses, the basic skydiving course is mandatory since you occupy a parachutist position and for that a supplement is charged, that is... if this scares you, this is not your place, then you have the manual opening parachutist course, you will already know the differences. HALO/HAHO escort course... and many more such as explosives and combat canine guide courses."  

 

We now start with the questions proposed by the members of the discord channel.


1- Why did you choose EADA?

I chose the EADA because of its proximity, and because, like many of you, we have the vocation to be part of an operational unit, reach our limits, etc. Murcia, for example, is very far from me and in some way I wanted to continue with my life as much as possible.

 

2-How is the initial instruction of the EADA?

I'm not going to go into this much, it's hard, you go hungry, thirsty and cold, you suffer and learn many things that any self-respecting soldier should know.

Whoever comes to the unit will find out.

 

3-What motivates you most every day belonging to the EADA?

Well, my military career, the courses I have, some of them I can only take at the EADA, motivates me to be a good soldier, to see the young recruits and to be able to teach them what we know, so that tomorrow we have competent people in unity.

I want to clarify something, it's about courses, the only one you have insured is the automatic parachutists, then depending on your destination within the squad you will have preference in one or the other.

 

4- Do you usually get out of maneuvers a lot?

Yes, constantly, some sections more than others. If your specialty is PFA, yes, you leave a lot, in addition to skipping in the afternoon or at night depending on the needs of the aircraft that launch us to comply with your PAB.

 

5- Is it a good destination to ascend?

That does not depend on the destination, it depends on you, for the troop in particular, if it is a good destination, because a year in the EADA scores more than in other destinations, courses and other things.

If you want to be promoted to non-commissioned officer, it's up to you... I have colleagues who have taken it from him while they were with me in the section because they really wanted it

 

6- What is day to day like in the Unit?

Let's see, here I am going to talk about my section in particular, although almost the entire squad works the same.

First thing in the morning sport (no excuses) if you are a pupas go somewhere else, then we have theory or practice, some days there is shooting and if not I jump paraca (the latter prevails over everything).

 

7- What is the perfect physical form for the EADA?

This question… the physical form for the EADA is like that of any self-respecting soldier, healthy and athletic, who can run, who can train and who can carry his equipment.

 

8- Once you have passed the academy at ETESDA, what physical and mental demands are there to get the beret?

The demand is very high, but nothing impossible, besides this is relative.
Not everyone has the same cost.

 

9- Does the EADA go out on missions a lot?

It is the air force unit that leaves the most missions, right now we have personnel deployed in Lithuania, Bulgaria, Senegal, Mali as well as training in Tunisia, Senegal, Cape Verde, although the latter is not considered a mission and usually lasts 4 weeks, missions at EADA last 3-4 months.

 

10- If I want to be promoted to non-commissioned officer, do I have to leave the EADA and then re-enter, passing the instruction again?

That's right, if you come back you must go through the training period as a non-commissioned officer again, and it's completely different, among other things you are required to have leadership skills.

 

11- Does the EADA have JTAC members or other specialties?

The EADA has two JTAC, JTAC is not a specialty, it is a training. 

 

12- Have you carried out joint maneuvers with SEADA and EZAPAC? How would you rate the level? They say that at EZAPAC, as it is accessible from the street, there is not so much professionalism.

This question, with all due respect, is bullshit, EZAPAC is a unit that must be given the respect it deserves, when you arrive again, obviously just like in any other unit, you are a chicken that doesn't know anything. But EZAPAC forces you to pass their training period based on their work and missions, do not forget that they are green berets.
I have not worked with SEADA.

 

13- In the missions in which you have gone out, which one would you say has been the most dangerous? What do you feel mentally and physically in a situation that can end in the worst way?

Well, I am going to answer this question above, there are complicated missions, such as taking an unprepared runway in Africa and the plane breaking down, the repair can take days and in that case you are an easy target, the work of AMPT it's like that...

 

14- What did you feel in your first skydiving launch? doHow often do you jump, is it still impressing you?

Well, I personally was not very aware, in the automatic you find out little, in the manual opening it is wonderful, but you enjoy it from the 3rd or 4th jump that you are aware of what you are doing, the feeling personally is unbeatable, every time When I see a plane I get on it to jump.

Well, we jump almost weekly, but it is true that many jumps are canceled due to bad weather in Zaragoza, the north wind forgives little. You get used to jumping, but it continues to impress you.

 

15-What different sections does the EADA have?

Uf many... I'll leave some for sure:

Security Section, NBQR, protection systems (these are the UAV operators), EOD, Cynological Section, mistral section (anti-aircraft artillery as well as against UAS) these have a mechanics section, sword section (long-range anti-aircraft artillery) this is linked with a section of aerial radars to detect the threat, section of automobiles, gunsmiths, communications, folding room (with automatic parachutes, manual opening, the jumper folds them), health section, Loads (they make the loads that are going to go up in an airplane or if they are going to be launched, they make the load with their parachutes so that they can be launched from an airplane.SMD Section, the latter are the ones who set up the deployment tents wherever we go...

 

16-What do you like the most and the least about EADA?

Well for me personally, jumping or being in a team of snipers, also that it is a unit that does not stop improving and learning, the NEO missions that is the rescue of personnel as you saw in Kabul, we also did it in Libya and some more sites

The least, sometimes the excess of work but, it is what it is.

 

17- Do you consider that to be a CCT Operator or any operational section of the EADA that you have to dedicate all your time to it, leaving your personal/social life aside if necessary?

No, it's sacrificial but not to the point of putting your life aside

 

18- How would you say/qualify your time at EADA?

This is a personal opinion, for me unbeatable, I have a good military career there are people who would not think the same.

 

19- Would you say that the EADA equipment is outdated/obsolete in terms of current military equipment?

The EADA material is without a doubt the best we have in the army… when you do joint maneuvers, you realize it.

 

20- What is learned in the shooter course, is it easy to access?

In the Air Force there is no such course, there is an international one or the section itself that is in charge of that, gives a course, you learn what is necessary to make an accurate shot... 


As I said, it's not a course and falling into the shooters' section, no, it's not easy, first you have to go to the safety section and then, over time, shoot well, be in good physical shape...

 

21- What advice would you give to those who want to enter the EADA?

That they prepare mentally and physically, you suffer but you pass, if you are a pupas this is not your place, it is a demanding unit where everyone must pass instruction period 1 and 2, 2 is given in the destination sections, you they teach to use the diverse material, the 2 is purely technical and only those who have passed the 1 do it, what was said to enter the unit what is needed are eggs.

 

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3 comments

No sé si se podrá responder a entrevista pasada pero yo tengo una duda.
Bien hay que pasar un test médico, creo que se llama aeroespacial. Y me gustaría saber si es difícil de pasar, yo uso gafas, y en el caso de no ser apto. Qué es la que ocurría.
Gracias

Roque February 21, 2022

Buen bueno e ilustrativo de su vivencias

enrique arevalo February 20, 2022

Ha sido de las mejores entrevistas que he visto, ojalá una 2a parte

Alex February 20, 2022

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