Legacy of Sikorsky Rescue Awards Continues
August 8,2014 30 Март 2015, 11:54
Soldiers are ready to receive their rescue awards.
Last year soldiers from the first combat aviation brigade, first infantry division, located in Fort Riley, were deployed to southern Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom. More than 150 soldiers and their 25 aircraft were spread across seven sites, including Kandahar, Tarin Kowt, Apache, Pasab, Spin Boldak, Shukvani, and Dwyer.
The accomplishments of the unit during their deployment are astounding. The pilots, crew chiefs, flight medics, operations personnel, supply, enroute critical care nurses, and back wall medics flew well over 3,000 combat flight hours, completed more than 500 missions, and evacuated over 650 patients.
The “BOOMER DUSTOFF” team also safely retrograded three team sites, and the maintainers sustained an average Operational Readiness Rate of over 90%. Between August 2013 and April 2014, the team saved more than 100 lives using Sikorsky UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopters.
All smiles as the first award is handed out.
The first combat aviation brigade first infantry division returned home in April 2014, and the CAB Colors returned home in early May, marking the successful transition of the entire brigade.
After the ceremony CW2 Lucas Dahlen, Aviation Safety Officer for the unit, stated “Everyone was thrilled, proud,and grateful for the awards.”
Sikorsky is honored to provide a vital aircraft that supports these brave men and women, allowing them to accomplish their mission everywhere…every time.
The next awardee is announced.