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Colorado Army National Guard aviation unit headed to Kuwait 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
UH-60 Black Hawk 
A Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter flys through the Colorado sky. (Official photo by Air National Guard Captain Darin Overstreet/RELEASED)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, July 13, 2012

CONTACT:
Air National Guard Capt. Darin Overstreet
720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (7/13/12) – Dignitaries, family and friends of Soldiers in 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation will bid farewell to approximately 130 members who will be mobilized for a total of 12 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Kuwait. 

The ceremony will be July 15 at the Wing Over the Rockies Museum in Denver.

The unit operates UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and will perform a variety of general support missions, which includes transporting equipment and VIPs.

"We are so proud of these Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers," said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, adjutant general of Colorado and commander of the Colorado National Guard. "A one-year deployment is a tremendous sacrifice for each soldier and his or her family here at home."

The battalion's heavy lift company, Company B, 2-135 GSAB returned from Afghanistan approximately 2 two months ago.

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 should confirm with Capt. Darin Overstreet at 720-250-1053 no later than 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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7/12/2012