FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2010
Air Force Maj. Elena O’Bryan
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (8/28/10) – A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and crew launched at approximately 7 a.m. today from the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Gypsum, Colo., to assist local authorities in the search for two missing male hikers in Eagle County.
The three crew members from HAATS located and rescued the hikers at in the vicinity of Mount Holy Cross approximately 13,000 feet. The Citizen-Soldiers inserted eight civilian rescue team members and transported a total of 19 personnel during the mission.
HAATS is located in the small mountain town of Gypsum, Colo., near Vail. The school trains 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 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.
Colorado National Guard rescue efforts are coordinated through the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. The center ties into the Federal Aviation Administration’s alerting system and the U.S. Mission Control Center.
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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