Iowa National Guard to Introduce Aircraft Models

Camp Dodge , Johnston, Iowa - Wednesday May 8, 2013 - - Iowa and Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers perform fast rope rappelling from UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as part of the U.S. Army's Air Assault School.(Rodney White/The Des Moines Register) The course is being taught by a cadre of active duty U.S. Army Soldiers from the Warrior Training Center, Ft. Benning, Ga.  Approximately 160 Soldiers from the Iowa and Minnesota Army National Guard are taking part in this 10-day course. The course is being taught at Camp Dodge for the first time in 10 years and they have combined Iowa and Minnesota National Guardsmen training because of federal sequester cuts.  Crews and Black Hawk helicopters from the Iowa National Guard¹s Company C, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation based in Boone, Iowa provided aviation support. Upon graduation, each Soldier will earn the U.S. Army¹s Air Assault Badge and possess the necessary skills for maximum use of helicopter assets in training and combat to support unit operations. The Warrior Training Center is also currently teaching a Pathfinder course at Camp Dodge, with approximately 50 Soldiers participating from the Iowa and Minnesota Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army. For questions concerning the operations, training, and activities of the Iowa Army and Air National Guard, please contact Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, at (515) 252-4582 (office), (515) 971-6385

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By Rachel Begle

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa National Guard is introducing two new models of helicopters for its aviation units.

The Guard will hold a public event Tuesday afternoon at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Davenport for the CH-47F Chinook and UH-72A Lakota helicopters.

The upgraded CH-47F Chinook features a new digital cockpit and enhanced communications and navigation equipment. The UH-72A has two versions used for emergency medical transportation.

The aviation units at the facility will fly, maintain, and refuel the helicopters.

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