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Arizona National Guard may lose last four Apaches

Arizona National Guard may lose last four Apaches

The Arizona National Guard is having to fight to keep their attack helicopters stationed at Tucson. The Army wants to remove the Apaches and relocate them to active-duty units. If the helicopters are removed, the unit at Tucson will be deactivated, reports US News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Dec-17

AZ Guard aviators hone interagency wildfire response skills

AZ Guard aviators hone interagency wildfire response skills

Members of the 2-285th Assault Helicopter Battalion participated in an annual training and certification course for wildfire response at the Papago Park Military Reservation May 4-5. At the completion of the 24-hour training course, 16 pilots and crew chiefs were certified to respond and assist with helicopter bucket operations, delivering water for aerial firefighting during… Read more »

Source: AZ National Guard, 09-May-16

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Arizona NG hosts six more Apache states in Gunfighter Fly-in contest

Arizona NG hosts six more Apache states in Gunfighter Fly-in contest

The Arizona National Guard is hosting the inaugural Gunfighter Fly-in at Silverbell Army Heliport here Nov. 1 to Nov. 6. Seven of the eight states in the National Guard that operate the AH-64D Apache helicopters—Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah—sent two of their best company-grade crews and maintenance support personnel to… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 06-Nov-15

Arizona National Guard trains for wildfire suppression

Arizona National Guard trains for wildfire suppression

Rotor blades from an Arizona National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter cut swiftly through the air, blending a whooshing sound with the roar of the engine. It’s a welcome sound, a signal to wildland firefighters on the ground that relief is coming. The helicopter descends to 50 feet, hovering above slow flowing canal water. Rotor… Read more »

Source: National Guard, 09-Jan-15

Arizona National Guard Black Hawk crew suspended over Halloween candy drop

Arizona National Guard Black Hawk crew suspended over Halloween candy drop

National Guard helicopter crew suspended after using Blackhawk chopper to make mid-air CANDY drop at Halloween party. See Full Story

Source: Daily Mail, 03-Nov-14

Apache helicopter debate fraught with veiled consequences

Apache helicopter debate fraught with veiled consequences

In the current national debate over the U.S. Army’s ill-conceived plan to commandeer all 192 National Guard AH-64 Apache attack helicopters there is more at stake than aircraft. Overlooked by the proponents of this plan are the implications for our country’s system of checks and balances, and ultimately the liberty of our citizens.  The Army’s… Read more »

Source: Arizona NG, 03-Oct-14

Arizona National Guard fights back on proposed Apache reduction

Arizona National Guard fights back on proposed Apache reduction

They train to the same standards as their active duty counterparts and cost 60 percent less to maintain. Yet after years of defending freedom in Afghanistan, Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers are being told they are unworthy of operating the Army’s premier attack helicopter. Army leaders recently revealed a plan to take away all 192 National Guard AH-64D… Read more »

Source: Arizona National Guard, 28-Apr-14

18-Mar-11 Sikorsky UH-60 Mesa, US-Arizona

Emergency landing, mechanics called

18-Mar-11

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