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Army Reserve sending helicopters to support earthquake relief in Pakistan

By Lt. Col. Boyd D. Collins

Fort MCPHERSON, Ga. (Army News Service, Oct. 13, 2005)-- The U.S. Army Reserve has been called to send helicopters to Pakistan to support relief operations following the recent earthquake.

Approximately 200 Army Reserve Soldiers and 12 CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, from Bravo Co. of the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, received orders and will deploy the unit to Pakistan to support humanitarian relief operations.

Bravo Co, 7-158th is headquartered in Olathe, Kan. The unit was recently mobilized and had reported to Fort Sill, Okla., as part of a rotation in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Today's order alters their mission.

It is anticipated that the unit will perform missions similar to the type that Army Reserve CH-47s have performed in support of hurricane relief in the United States. Those missions included rescue operations, levee breech repair, firefighting and transportation of cargo and personnel. Army Reserve CH-47's are continuing support operations in the New Orleans area.

(Editor's note: Lt. Col. Boyd D. Collins serves with Army Reserve Command Public Affairs, Fort McPherson, Ga.)

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