207th Aviation Regiment
The Alaska Army National Guard's 207th Aviation Regiment is very active, especially in rural parts of Alaska providing search and rescue support through the State Troopers to rural residents. They rescue an average of 80 people annually along the Bering Sea coastline between Alaska and Russia.
In 1996 Alaska Army Guard aviators accepted the first of the next group of UH-60L Blackhawk helicopters and the first of a fleet of eight C-23B+ Sherpa fixed wing aircraft. The significance of this upgraded aircraft fleet cannot be overstated. These modern, high-tech weapons systems, along with the continuing upgrades of ground support vehicles, communications systems, and personal equipment allowed a dramatic improvement in support for State missions while meeting our mission requirements for America's Army.
They have an enduring tradition of helping their fellow Alaskans (and Hawaiians). In February 2001 the aircrews and maintenance teams of the Alaska Army National Guard's 207th Aviation Regiment headed to Central America to help rebuild parts of Honduras and Guatemala that were savaged by a record hurricane nearly two years ago. Battalion members were supporting New Horizons 2001 - a program involving building schools and hospitals, drilling wells and providing medical assistance in a number of Central American countries. They took a package of six UH-60L Blackhawk helicopters and two C-23B+ Sherpa airplanes to add to the compliment already in place. They supported two task forces there, taking people and supplies around in two different countries: Honduras and Guatemala."
For most of the following five months, soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, flew and trained in Central America, supporting the United States Southern Command in its humanitarian efforts. This deployment marked two firsts for the unit. This was the first time they deployed as an entire unit, and they were operating in two countries simultaneously the first time. They supported two engineer task forces - one in Honduras, the other in Guatemala. They also added soldiers from their Hawaiian Army Guard aviation unit while they were there.
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