FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
Army National Guard 1st Lt. James Goff
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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