Idaho Citizen Soldiers are preparing for a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Army National Guard’s Company A, 1-168 General Services Aviation Battalion will head first to Fort Hood, Texas for training. Then the soldiers will travel to Afghanistan for ten months.
The Battalion’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters have been busy in Idaho. Last year crews helped in the rescue of a snowmobiler on Bennett Mountain in Elmore County. And they hoisted a kayaker to safety from the banks of the North Fork of the Boise River in September. The eight helicopters and their support crew will begin the first leg of their overseas mission this Saturday, as they make the trip to Texas.