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Colorado Army National Guard assisting Chaffee County in search for missing hikers 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
OH-58 Kiowa 
A Colorado Army National Guard OH-58 Kiowa. (Official Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Manzanares, Colorado National Guard/RELEASED)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

CONTACT:
Air Force Maj. Elena O’Bryan
303-912-6077
 

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/29/11) – The Colorado Army National Guard was called today to assist the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office in the search for two missing hikers near Missouri Mountain in Chaffee County, Colo. 

One OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, with two Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers on board, launched at approximately 2:35p.m. from the High Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (HAATS) in Gypsum, Colo., to aid in the search.

 “Our HAATS pilots are trained to save lives whether in the mountains of Afghanistan or Colorado.  We’ll do all we can to help bring these hikers home,” said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of Colorado.

HAATS performs a critical mission providing life-saving combat skills to American pilots serving in mountainous Afghanistan.  

HAATS is located near Vail. The school trains military rotary-wing pilots from around the world in Power Management, which gives pilots the knowledge and confidence to operate their aircraft routinely and safely at maximum gross weights in any environment and especially at high altitudes.  

Rescue efforts are coordinated through the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, which notifies the Colorado National Guard’s Joint Operations Center in Centennial, Colo.  

The AFRCC ties in to the Federal Aviation Administration’s alerting system and the U.S. Mission Control Center.

For more information about the search, contact Sheriff Pete Palmer at 719-207-3264.

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6/29/2011