Idaho National Guard Army Aviation Unit to be deployed to Afghanistan

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More than two-and-a-half dozen members from two Idaho Army National Guard aviation units will be deployed this spring to Afghanistan to participate in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Most personnel are assigned to a unit belonging to the Army National Guard’s 1st of the 168th General Support Aviation Battalion. The unit is from Gowen Field in Boise and operates the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and will help with MEDEVAC operations in Afghanistan.

The unit will mobilize for approximately 12 months, which includes a training period at Fort Hood, Texas, with the remaining months in the Central Command Theater.

Another smaller unit of nearly a half-dozen personnel is currently operating in various areas within the Central Command Theater.

“Our Idaho Army National Guard aviators are some of the finest pilots in the nation,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Burt, the Idaho Army National Guard’s state aviation officer. “These soldiers are well-trained, extremely focused and ready to perform the mission.”

This is the eighth time in a decade that Idaho Army National Guard aviation unit has been deployed in overseas combat operations.

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