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Colorado Army National Guard Aviation unit heads to Afghanistan 
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
CH-47 landing 
Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the Colorado Army National Guard’s General Support Aviation Battalion prepare to land in the Colorado mountains.  

(Photo Courtesy Colorado National Guard/Released)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (5/20/11) – Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper and other dignitaries will bid farewell to approximately 70 Soldiers of Detachment 1, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation, on May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo.

The company will join up with A Company from its sister unit from Nebraska, and train at Fort Hood, Texas, later this month. The company will then head to Afghanistan for a 12-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  

“B Company is the Colorado Army National Guard heavy lift helicopter unit,” said Army Capt. Brian Johns, Commander, 2-135th GSAB. “The unit will be based in Kandahar and surrounding bases and spend the next year transporting troops and cargo all over Afghanistan.”

B Company operates CH-47 Chinook helicopters and is based at Buckley AFB although the Citizen-Soldiers of Company B live and work in communities all over Colorado.

“These brave men and women are making tremendous sacrifices while serving away from their families and civilian jobs to keep us safe in Colorado,” the Governor said. 

During the 10 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have deployed more than 6,000 times while maintaining state emergency response capabilities and supporting 24/7/365 homeland defense missions.

For Assignment Editors: Media interested in attending must confirm with 1st Lt. Anthony Norris at 303-478-0177.  In order to enter Buckley Air Force Base, media must enter at the Mississippi Avenue gate (just east of the Tower Road and Mississippi Avenue intersection) NO LATER THAN 1 p.m. and go through the commercial vehicle inspection area.  Media representatives will be required to provide their drivers' licenses, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Media will be escorted to and from the event by convoy.

5/19/2011