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Aviation Command, 89th Troop Command

The COARNG Aviation Command oversees all the helicopter units in the state.

The Colorado Guard often relies on the expertise of Aviation Command for emergencies and special missions that cannot be handled with ground elements. It is the job of the men and women of the aviation field to ensure the UH-1 "Hueys" and UH-60 "Blackhawks" are always ready and can handle anything asked of them.

Common missions for Aviation Command include interacting with the Drug Enforcement Agency to spot marijuana fields, Special Forces transportation support (including Air Assaults and static line parachute drops), support during state emergencies such as floods and brush fires, and, of course, troop movements.

Colorado Army National Guard aviation is primarily at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, but a detachment is located in Eagle (near Vail) alongside the High-Altitude Army Aviation Training Site (HAATS).

Company B, 2/147th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter) is, as the name implies, an Assault Helicopter Company. This unit is located in Eagle, CO, just west of Vail. It is one of four companies belonging to the 2/147th Aviation Battalion located in St. Paul, MN. The unit's primary mission is the movement of combat troops in around the battlefield in the form of a multi-ship combat assault. It has a secondary mission of single ship re-supply with both internal and external loads. The unit flies the UH-1H ("Huey") and has a crew of four. The aircraft is armed with two M60D machine guns. Annual Training is normally conducted at Ft. Carson, CO, Camp Guernsey WY, and Camp Ripley, MN. Much of the drill weekends are spent flying in the Rocky Mountains in the vicinity of historic Camp Hale (near Vail).

Detachment 1, 1022 Medical Company (Air Ambulance) is a Helicopter Medical Evacuation Company. This detachment is located at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, CO. The parent unit, the 1022nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance), is located in Cheyenne, WY. The unit's mission is emergency aerial medical evacuation in a peace-time environment and under combat conditions. The aircraft it flies is the UH-60 Blackhawk and each crew consists of two pilots, a crewchief, and a medic. Most medics are licensed Emergency Medical Technicians in the civilian sector and all pilots are required to attend the Army's Aero Medical Aviator course. This Detachment arrived in Colorado in 1994. However, the parent company has been in Wyoming since the 1970s and was activated in 1992 for Desert Storm. The unit deployed to Bosnia in support of peace-keeping operations there. Annual Training is usually conducted at Camp Guernsey, WY, and Boise, ID.



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