First Helicopters for the Guam Army National Guard
The Guam Army National Guard received two UH-72A Lakota helicopters marking the first time aircraft have been part of the military unit s assets
Guam Gov Office, June 15, 2015 - The Guam Army National Guard received two UH-72A Lakota helicopters marking the first time aircraft have been part of the military unit's assets, said Maj. Josephine Blas, public affairs officer for the Guard.
They are assigned to the National Guard’s Detachment 2, D Company, 1st-224th Aviation.
The aircraft will be temporarily housed at Andersen Air Force Base until construction of a housing facility at the Guard Readiness Center in Barrigada is complete, Blas said.
"This rebalancing of military assets, more specifically of army aviation assets will benefit Guam and the nearby islands because we're increasing our local capacity to assist in the search for missing swimmers and fishermen on Guam in the nearby islands," Gov. Eddic Calvo said in a release.
The helicopters were transported on June 5 to Guam by an U.S. Air Force's 21st Airlift Squadron, 60th Air Mobility Wing C-17 aircraft.
"The arrival of the Army Guard aircraft is historic. It not only shows the growth and maturity of the Guam National Guard, but also the competence of our soldiers to contribute to the island and nation," said Brig Gen. Roderick Leon Guerrero, adjutant general for the Guard.
"This increases the Guard's ability to provide support to the governor in response to search and rescue and natural disasters."
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