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Wyoming Army National Guard receives aviation additions

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Army aviation, which is highly utilized across the state, nation and abroad is growing. The Wyoming Army National Guard is standing up a second helicopter unit.

The command aviation company will reside alongside the “Charlie Med” medical evacuation unit at the Army Aviation Support Facility and will execute missions that were previously impossible due to legal or operational limitations, said Lt. Col. Stacy Roth, acting state army aviation officer. The 30-person unit will receive four UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters courtesy of Los Alamitos Armed Force Reserve Training Base in Los Alamitos, California, and federal budgeting and military policies.

“Wyoming has always been a medevac-only unit and there are restrictions on medevac aircraft imposed by the Army, so many missions we have been unable to do or must ask special permission to do,” Roth said. “Since we are picking up a CAC unit, none of those intricacies will apply which will better enable us to support domestic operations missions going forward.”