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Colo. National Guard aerial medevac unit to depart for Afghanistan 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
medevac helicopter 

A Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk transports patients during the mass-casualty National Disaster Medical System exercise, coordinated by the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, May 16, 2012. Most of the Colorado Army National Guard’s medevac flight crews have already been tested under fire in Iraq. In 2010-11, the unit flew more than 900 missions for a total of nearly 2,250 flight hours, all while maintaining the best medevac launch time Iraq-wide for the duration of the deployment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet/RELEASED)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

CONTACT:
Army National Guard 1st Lt. James Goff
720-470-8212
 

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Nearly 50 Colorado Army National Guardsman will bid family and friends farewell Nov. 2 as the Soldiers prepare to head for Afghanistan for nearly a year.

The Soldiers of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation, will be honored at a departure ceremony to be held at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., starting at 2 p.m.

The air ambulance company will initially report to Fort Hood, Texas, where the Soldiers will spend several weeks participating in theater-specific training requirements prior to heading to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

An air ambulance unit, also known as aerial medevac, provides rapid evacuation of injured personnel – civilian or military, friends or foes – via UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, from a battlefield to a medical treatment facility.

“The job is never easy,” said Capt. Eric Houk, G Company commander, “but it’s worth it when you realize the impact you have when you help someone.”

The unit also deployed to Iraq in 2010-11. While in country, the unit flew more than 900 missions for a total of nearly 2,250 flight hours, all while maintaining the best medevac launch time Iraq-wide for the duration of the deployment.

For Assignment Editors: Media interested in covering this event must confirm with 1st Lt. James Goff, 720-470-8212. In order to access the 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. on Nov. 2. Media representatives will be required to provide their drivers' licenses, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Media will be escorted to the event.

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11/1/2013