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Wyoming National Guard Activated to Help in Colorado

posted Nov 15, 2013, 8:48 AM by   [ updated Nov 15, 2013, 8:48 AM ]

Wyoming Army National Guard's C Company, 5-159th General Aviation Support Regiment, also known as Charlie-Med, crew chief SFC Dan Nesvik, along with members of the USDA Forest Service’s "Roosevelt Hotshots" crew, assist Larimer county Colorado residents reach safe ground. The mission continues in Fort Collins as neighbors help neighbors during times of emergency. Photo by SSG Dan Molineaux, Wyoming National Guard.


Wyo. National Guard activated to support flooding in Colorado

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -  Gov. Matt Mead has activated five Wyoming National Guard UH-60 Black Hawks to assist evacuation efforts in Colorado due to recent flooding.

The UH-60s and their 20 crew members were deployed from Cheyenne Saturday afternoon in support of a multi-agency response to the recent flooding in Colorado. The Guardsmen were activated through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact - a national mutual aid partnership agreement that allows state-to-state assistance.

Each crew consists of a medic, crew chief and two pilots. The UH-60s are part of the Charlie Company, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment with the Wyoming Army National Guard. The air frames will be based out of Buckley Air Force Base in Denver and will be deployed until their assistance is no longer needed.

 "It is our pleasure to support our neighbors to the south during this natural disaster," said Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming's adjutant general, said. "We will continue to stand ready to assist with any additional resources as the need arises."

The Wyoming National Guard Public Affairs office will provide additional information as it becomes available.