The Sabalauski Air Assault School (TSAAS) is located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home to the Screaming Eagles, the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) and is the original military installation to offer Air Assault training. Air Assault is a combat insertion unit using helicopters to carry and insert soldiers into battle, provide close air aid, resupply operations and give medical evacuation.

Sabalauski Air Assault School trains soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, FORSCOM service members and other units in the army. It provides a 10-day fast paced, physically and mentally demanding training. It started with two teams four years ago and now has four teams, developing over 3,000 soldiers every year (around 1,000 soldiers on the school ground every day) to become “Sky Soldiers” and earn Air Assault Badges.

Course Scope

  • Rappel master training
  • Fast rope insertion/extraction (FRIES)
  • Special purpose insertion/extraction (SPIES)
  • Pathfinder training
  • Rotary wing aircraft
  • Aircraft safety
  • Aero-medical evacuation procedures
  • Combat assaults principles and techniques

Here's the Sabalauski Air Assault School handbook.


  • Zero - obstacle course and two-mile (3.2 km) run
  • Inspection - After the 6-mile foot-march on Day One, packing list is thoroughly inspected. It should be complete, clean and in functional condition. Points are deducted for any missing item. Here’s the complete Sabalauski Air Assault School packing list.
  • Obstacle Course and Two-Mile Run - 2-mile run then obstacle course. It has 2 major obstacle courses and 7 minor. Failing one of the 2 major obstacle courses or failing 2 of the seven minor, will result to the student being dropped from the course.
  • Phase One – Combat Assault
  • Phase Two – Slingload Operations
  • Phase Three – Rappelling Phase
  • 12-Mile Ruck March - Final event, 12-mile (9 km) ruck march which should be finished in 3 hours or less
  • Graduation

Entry Requirements

Communicate with your unit commander for information on how to attend this specialized school.

Qualifications to Earn the Badge

  • 3 Helicopter Rappels from 60 ft AGL
  • 2 Helicopter Rappels from 120 ft AGL
  • Aircraft Safety Procedures
  • Aircraft Orientation
  • Hand and Arm Signals
  • Preparation, rigging and inspecting sling loads
  • Lash down internal helicopter loads

Who was Sabalauski?

Lithuania-born Command Sergeant Major Walter James Sabalauski, who moved to the United States when he was a child, was an extraordinary hero, fearless leader and a kind-hearted person. He was a professional boxer with an exceptional record of only 2 defeats in 33 bouts. Due to an auto accident, he had to stop his boxing career, and in June 1941, CSM Sabalauski decided to enter the Army where he went to fight in Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal, the Philippines, Korea and Vietnam.

Their mission in Vietnam in 1996 was considered CSM Sabalauski’s most memorable battle where he showed extraordinary courage and fearlessness. He defeated the enemy and evacuated his wounded soldiers, without even stopping to think about his own safety. Because of his remarkable and much-admired act of heroism, he was given the Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star awards. He also received various awards such as 8 Bronze Stars, Legion of Merit, 4 Purple Hearts, 6 Army Commendation Medals, and 3 Awards of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, 3 Air Medals, and the Master Parachutist Badge along with campaign medals for service in World War II, Vietnam, Dominican Republic and Korea.

Sabalauski Air Assault School Contact Information

Address: Building 6883 Air Assault Street, Fort Campbell, Kentucky 42223

Phone: 270-798-4410

Fax: 270-798-2113

Email address:

Website: Fort Campbell Sabalauski Air Assault School

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