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September 20, 2012
The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to roll out their new UH-72A Lakota helicopter during a ceremony at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 22.
The ceremony will be held at Warrior Hall, building 7022. The address is 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR 97146.
Media is invited to attend the event.
Scheduled to attend the ceremony are; Lt. Gen. William Ingram, Director of the Army National Guard, Oregon State Senator Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), State Representative Deborah Boone (D-Canon Beach), Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, and Mr. Ted Mickevicius, Vice President of Homeland Security and National Guard/Reserve Programs for EADS North America.
The Lakota is the Army’s newest light utility helicopter and is replacing the OH-58 Kiowa helicopter. The Lakota will be used in support of homeland security, search and rescue, emergency response, and counter-drug enforcement missions.
The Oregon Army National Guard’s Detachment-1, C Company, 1-112 Aviation will receive four Lakota aircraft. The first aircraft to arrive will be on display during the ceremony and three more are expected to arrive in November.