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FRIDAY FOTO (November 4, 2022)

Rocky Mountain High.

(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sergeant 1st Class Zach Sheely) Click on photo to enlarge the image.

An LUH-72 Lakota helicopter flies above mountainous terrain near Gypsum, Colorado on October 16, 2022. Gypsum is home of the Colorado National Guard’s High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, or HAATS.

Run by full-time Colorado Army National Guard pilots, HAATS caters to rotory-wing military pilots from all over the world, including Slovenia, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and the Republic of Georgia.

During the week-long course, pilots spend one day training in the classroom — learning the intricacies of power management in high-altitude mountainous terrain. On the other four days, they fly in and around the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains, at altitudes ranging from 6,500 feet at the airport to 14,000 feet.

“They teach hoist operations, how to land in small areas, how to operate at altitude, and how to take advantage of the winds and terrain to get more performance out of your helicopter than you might normally be able to,” said Army General Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, during a recent visit to the school. Hokanson is also the Army Guard’s senior aviator.

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November being National American Indian Heritage Month, it’s worth noting that since the late 1940s, many U.S. Army helicopter models have been named for Native American tribes or nations. They range from the very large Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift transport helicopter to the smaller Bell OH-58 Kiowa armed reconnaissance helicopter.

Other helos carrying Native American names include the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse light observation/utility helicopter and the  Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopter, named for a Sauk war leader who resisted the forced removal of Midwest Indian tribes to lands across the Mississippi River.

Even the venerable Bell UH-1 utility chopper of Vietnam War fame — nicknamed the “Huey” because its original Army designation was HU-1 — was officially known as the Iroquois.

November 3, 2022 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO: March 4, 2016

Almost There.

FRIFO 3-4-2016 NatGuard Mtn Climbing

Vermont Army National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Nathan Rivard

Army Sergeant Ryan Hawley climbs the mountain at Smugglers’ Notch in Jeffersonville, Vermont during in mountain warfare training.

Hawley is assigned to the Colorado National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment.

To see more photos of Hawley’s training group, click here.

March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (September 27, 2013)

Rocky Mountain High

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy

Here’s the view of the Rocky Mountains from inside a Colorado National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter.

The view inside is pretty breathtaking, too. Look at all the switches above the pilots’ heads and the buttons and dials and gauges elsewhere in the cramped cockpit. Obviously learning to fly this whirlybird takes a lot of study and practice.

Now the few times your 4GWAR editor has flown in government helicopters we’ve been told “Don’t take photos of the cockpit instruments!” Come to think of it, we were also told that the first — and only — time we rode in an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle at the Aberdeen Proving Ground. Guess it’s O.K. now to show all this gadgetry in an Army photo.

This photo shows (left) Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mike Eger, a pilot with the Colorado Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Troy Parmley, a pilot with the Colorado Guard’s D Company, 3rd Battalion, 148th Aviation Regiment. They are flying over flooded areas as part of relief and recovery operations near Fort Collins, Colorado  last week (Sept. 18, 2013).

More than 750 guard members have been working with local, state and federal authorities in response to flooding in central Colorado caused by heavy rains. The Colorado Guard evacuated about 700 people by ground and helicopter evacuations currently total 2,394.

September 27, 2013 at 12:22 am Leave a comment


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