CENTENNIAL, Colo. (11/8/10) - The Colorado National Guard was called to assist local authorities in the search and rescue of a missing hunters in Eagle County, Colo. The hunter went missing when he failed to return home after becoming separated from his group yesterday.
An OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, with two Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers, launched this afternoon from the High Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Gypsum to search for the missing hunter.
The helicopter and crew returned to HAATS after recieveing word that the hunter was found by ground rescue teams shortly after 2 p.m.
Rescue efforts are coordinated through the CONG's Joint Operations Center in Centennial, Colo., and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. The AFRCC 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 military rotary-wing pilots from all over the world.
Graduates of this challenging course leave with the knowledge of an advance level of training 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.
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.