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West Virginia National Guard unveils new Black Hawk helicopters

By JOHN McCABE

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

On Friday, state National Guard officials unveiled the latest tool in the battalion’s arsenal — the UH-60M Black Hawk, known as the “Mike.
(Intelligencer photo)

WHEELING, W.Va.  — For the past 34 years, every mission completed by the aviators at Company C, 1st Battalion, 150th Aviation Regiment based in Wheeling was done in an older-model, hand-me-down military helicopter — first the Bell UH-1 “Huey” and, starting in 2002, Sikorsky’s UH-60A/L Black Hawk.

The National Guard’s role has changed significantly since the mid-1980s, however, and so has its equipment needs.

The 150th has deployed overseas twice since Sept. 11, 2001 — first to Iraq in 2005 and then to Bosnia/Kosovo in 2010-11 — with the unit continually receiving high praise for its efforts in supporting troops in combat theaters.

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