Nebraska and Iowa National Guard Soldiers conduct a hoist and lift demonstration from their UH72-A Lakota June 21 at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army
U.S. soldiers from Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota National Guard will rotate through Bavaria three weeks at a time over the course of four months to offer military air medevac support to Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr.
Since late May and until August, soldiers have trained on a medevac mission and hoist and lift operations in preparation for their mission in Germany.
Soldiers from the Nebraska and Iowa National Guard trained with a UH-72A Lakota versus their typical UH-60 Black Hawk during one portion of the exercise June 21.
“We’ve taken it over from the active duty unit so they can be freed up to go do some training, and it gives us a chance to show our capabilities,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Courtney Miller, a Nebraska Army National Guard pilot who flew the mission.
Typically these crews perform the security and support mission in support of local and state law enforcement, like drug raids or other missions that require air support.
The medieval support mission was developed and coordinated by the Nebraska National Guard, which saw an opportunity to help expand the capabilities of their pilots and support a larger mission in Europe.
This has been adapted from a U.S. Army press release.