|Oregon Army National Guard to send UH-60 "Firehawk" to southern California to assist in wildfires
Salem, Ore. - Governor Kulongoski has approved the loan of the Oregon Army National Guard’s UH-60 Firehawk helicopter and crews to assist in with the wildfires currently burning in Southern California.
A seven member crew will be sent to operate the helicopter. The crew departed Salem at approximately 4 p.m. enroute to Los Alamedos, Calif. They will stop at Redding Calif. For the night and then travel tomorrow to Los Alamedos tomorrow. The crew consists of four pilots: Chief Warrant Officer Marco Frye of Keizer; Major Todd Farmer of Silverton; Chief Warrant Officer Four Gregg Schroeder of Gresham and Chief Warrant Officer Three Rob Brattain of Keizer. Accompanying them will be three crew members: Staff Sgt. James Tournay of Silverton; Spec. Justin Thomas of Salem and Sgt. Robert Armstrong of Salem.
They will report to the Calif. Army Aviation Support Facility, in Los Alamedos tomorrow which will be their base of operations while they support the fire missions. The State of California will reimburse the State of Oregon for all costs incurred and the soldiers will be on State Active Duty Orders.
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