FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Air Force Maj. Elena O’Bryan
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (7/6/10) – The Colorado National Guard joined local authorities in the search for a missing radio announcer, Rick Steele, near Montrose, Colo., earlier today.
An OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, with a crew of Colorado Army National Guardsmen, was launched from the High Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site at approximately 11:40 a.m. to join the search effort.
“We welcome the opportunity to provide support to the local authorities in this search, and we hope and pray for a positive outcome,” said Col. Joel Best, state aviation safety officer, Colorado Army National Guard.
The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency for this operation.
Colorado National Guard rescue efforts are coordinated through the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. The center ties in to the Federal Aviation Administration’s alerting system and the U.S. Mission Control Center.
HAATS is located in the small mountain town of Gypsum, Colo., near Vail. The school caters to rotory-wing military pilots from all over the world. Graduates of this challenging course leave with the knowledge of a unique training system known as Power Management. This training concept, when applied rigorously, gives pilots the knowledge and confidence to operate their machines routinely and safely at maximum gross weights in any environment.
While the primary role of HAATS is to train, the facility also assists with search and rescue missions when the terrain or altitude makes landing a civilian EMS aircraft questionable or there is a need for specialized military equipment.
For more than 150 years the Colorado National Guard has served communities across Colorado while defending our nation. The Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen of the Colorado National Guard are always ready, always there.
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