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Guam National Guard Aviation arrives

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Over the weekend, the Guam National Guard received two helicopters that will be used to focus on medevac operations and support for homeland security and natural disasters.

According to a release from the Governor's Office, two UH-72A, Lakota Aircraft were transported from Washington D.C. to Guam last week and will be assigned to the Guam Army National Guard's Detachment 2, D Company, 1st-224th Aviation.

A local group of aviators and medics are training and expected to begin operations in 2016. The training of local soldiers as pilots and medics will grow the island's local capacity to participate in search and rescue operations as well as medical evacuations. The annual contribution from this new aviation component will be approximately 23.2 million dollars.

According to Guam National Guard Adjutant General Brig. General Roderick Leon Guerrero the arrival of the Army Guard aircraft is historic.

“It not only shows the growth and maturity of the Guam National Guard, but also the competence of our soldiers to contribute to the island and nation,” Leon Guerrero says. “This increases the Guard's ability to provide support to the Governor in response to search and rescue and natural disasters.”

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