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Colorado Army National Guard assisting in search for missing hiker 
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
OH-58 Kiowa 
A Colorado Army National Guard OH-58 Kiowa helicopter (File Photo)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011

CONTACT:
Army 2nd Lt. Skye Robinson  
720-250-1052
 

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (9/27/11) – The Colorado Army National Guard was called today to assist the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Department in the search for a hiker near Mt. Antero, Colo.

An OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, with two Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers on board, launched at approximately 8:30 a.m. from the High Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Gypsum, Colo., to aid in the search.

HAATS performs a critical mission providing life-saving combat aviation skills to American pilots serving in mountainous Afghanistan and other austere environments around the world

HAATS is located between Vail and Glenwood Springs, Colo. 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 in a power-limited environment.

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 into the Federal Aviation Administration’s alerting system and the U.S. Mission Control Center.

For more information, please contact the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Department at 719-539-2596.

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9/27/2011