Oregon National Guard aeromedical helicopter unit returns to Salem from Middle East

Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Brady Phillips (center), company commander with Company G, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, leads his unit formation in saluting for the National Anthem during a demobilization ceremony, March 4, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 70 Soldiers in the unit returned from deployment to the Middle East, where they provided aeromedical support using HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Army National Guard's aeromedical helicopter unit was welcomed home in a demobilization ceremony Sunday at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem.

Around 70 soldiers with Company G (Golf), 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, returned to Oregon from an overseas deployment, where they provided air ambulance support using HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to save lives in support of efforts to defeat ISIS in the Middle East.

Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, has a long tradition of answering the call to duty for both state and federal missions, officials said.

The unit conducts medical evacuations (medevac), search and rescues, as well as wildland fire suppression operations throughout the state of Oregon.

The unit has previously deployed to Bosnia for Operation Joint Forge 7, three times to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn, to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian.

Another platoon from this unit with Detachment 3, Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, deployed in September 2017 for another one-year deployment to the Middle East.

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