Colo. National Guard aerial medevac unit to deploy
By 1st Lt. James Goff, Army National Guard
/ Published November 15, 2013
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Nearly 50 Colorado Army National Guardsman will bid family and friends farewell as they prepare to head for Afghanistan.
The Soldiers of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation, will be honored at a departure ceremony to be held at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., starting Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.
The air ambulance company will initially report to Fort Hood, Texas, where the Soldiers will spend several weeks participating in theater-specific training requirements prior to heading to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
An air ambulance unit, also known as aerial medevac, provides rapid evacuation of injured personnel - civilian or military, friends or foes - via UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, from a battlefield to a medical treatment facility.
"The job is never easy," said Capt. Eric Houk, G Company commander, "but it's worth it when you realize the impact you have when you help someone."
For Assignment Editors: Media interested in covering this event must confirm with 1st Lt. James Goff, 720-470-8212. In order to access the base, media must enter at the Mississippi Avenue gate (just east of the Tower Road and Mississippi Avenue intersection) NO LATER THAN 1 p.m. on Nov. 2. Media representatives will be required to provide their drivers' licenses, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Media will be escorted to the event.