by Pam Zubeck
Fort Carson now says the helicopter training actually begins tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 23, rather than early April as a previous press release stated. The training will continue through mid-May, as earlier reported.
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A visiting military helicopter unit will be flying over our neck of the woods from April through mid-May, Fort Carson announced today.
This exercise will give the community a little preview of what it might be like when the new Combat Aviation Brigade comes to down next year with its 113 helicopters and 2,700 soldiers.
Of course, people who live in the foothills have seen it all before, because Carson has hosted visiting helicopter units for years, including one that involved a crash.
The 4th Infantry Division will conduct High Altitude Mountainous Environment Training for a visiting aviation unit at Fort Carson from early April through mid-May.
Fort Campbell’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, is undergoing HAMET training to prepare for a deployment to Afghanistan later this year. Because Fort Carson’s mountainous terrain closely resembles that of Afghanistan, training here will allow 101st CAB pilots to practice maneuvers in an environment similar to their theater of operations in Afghanistan.
Army aviators will complete the training on the UH-60 Blackhawk, HH-60 Medevac Blackhawk, AH-64 Apache and the CH-47 Chinook.
4th Infantry Division leadership and training units will continue to work together to ensure that all noise abatement and environmental concerns are addressed with the local communities and governments.
The 101st CAB will adhere to Fort Carson’s rules and regulations regarding flight training throughout the course of their visit. Noise complaints should be directed to the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at (719) 526-9849.