FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
Army 2nd Lt. Skye Robinson
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (10/20/11) – Two Colorado Army National Guard Citizen-Soldiers flying an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, located two missing hunters at 9:50 a.m. today.
The helicopter launched at 9:20 a.m. from the High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Gypsum, Colo., to aid the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office in the search.
This is the second time this week the COARNG has successfully assisted in a search-and-rescue operation in Garfield County. In the previous mission that started Oct. 16 and ended a day later, the HAATS crewmembers successful located another lost hunter. In that case the hunter, who was also injured, was transported to a local hospital.
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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