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Colorado National Guard aviation battalion mobilizing three units

By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | CONG, TAG, 2-135 | Dec. 31, 2019

FOR RELEASE: Monday, Dec. 30, 2019

CONTACT: Staff Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida, 720-250-1053, ng.co.coarng.list.staff.militarysupport@mail.mil

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Colorado National Guard Soldiers from Company A, Company D and Headquarters-Headquarters Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion 135th Aviation Regiment will be honored at a departure ceremony on Buckley Air Force Base Jan. 2, 2020, at 3 p.m.

Family, friends and dignitaries will gather at the at the Chief Warrant Officer 5 David R. Carter Army Aviation Support Facility on Buckley AFB, in Aurora, Colorado, to bid a farewell to approximately 130 Soldiers as they prepare to depart for a yearlong deployment to Kosovo.

“These warriors are trained and ready to provide support to troops on the ground and will excel at any mission that comes their way,” the Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Loh said. “The commitment of these Soldiers, as well as their families and employers, should make all Coloradans proud.”

Based out of Buckley AFB, in Aurora, the 2-135th GSAB will assume duties and responsibilities of a medical evacuation and aviation support mission on Camp Bonsteel, Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian (KFOR 27). Joint Guardian is a peace keeping force comprised of 46,000 military personnel from 39 different countries. The mission is seeking to build a secure environment within the Serbian province in which all citizens, irrespective of their ethnic origins, can live in peace, and with international aid, democracy can begin to grow.

The units also support civil authorities annually during wildfire response efforts and save an average to 20 lives annually through mountain search and rescue missions.

One year ago to-the-day, Company B, Detachment 1,  2-135th GSAB, the CONG’s heavy lift aviation unit operating CH-47 Chinook helicopters, deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.