FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, Oct. 17, 2011
Army 2nd Lt. Skye Robinson
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (10/17/11) – The Colorado Army National Guard is continuing to assist the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department in the search for a lost hunter.
The search began yesterday with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with four Colorado Army National Guard Citizen-Soldiers on board, and continued at approximately 9 a.m. today with and OH-58 Kiowa helicopter and two Citizen-Soldiers on board.
The helicopters launched from the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Gypsum, Colo.
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. AFRCC ties into the Federal Aviation Administration’s alerting system and the U.S. Mission Control Center.
For more information, please contact the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at 970-945-0453.
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