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Press Release
May 13, 2009
Oregon Army National Guard lauches Kiowa helicopter to assist in search for missing woman
SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon Army National Guard OH-58 AC helicopter being used as a display at the Capitol Mall for an Armed Forces Day celebration was called away to assist in a Search and Rescue operation.

The helicopter crew, assigned to the 1st Detachment, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion 112th Aviation, regularly perform counterdrug and search and rescue operations statewide.
The crew landed the helicopter on the grass at the Mall at 8:00 this morning, but was called away for a search and rescue mission in Tillamook County shortly thereafter. Tillamook County requested the helicopter to assist in looking for an elderly woman who has been missing since yesterday.

Currently, search and rescue volunteers and Tillamook County Sheriff's Deputies are searching the roads and brush in the areas where the woman is believed to have been. The county requested the helicopter to search the thick vegetation and steep landscape from the air, covering an approximate 50-mile area spanning North of Tillamook to South of Hebo and from US 101 to the coastline.

The helicopter and crew is not expected to return to the Capitol Mall today for the celebration, although an F-15 flyover and cannon salute are still scheduled to take place.

For information on the search and rescue operation in Tillamook County, contact:
Don Taylor, Tillamook County Sherriff's Office Public Information Officer


An OH-58 AC helicopter lands at the Capitol Mall in Salem, Ore., May 13 to set up as a display for an Armed Forces Day celebration. The helicopter and crew are assigned to 1st Detachment, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation. Shortly after landing, the helicopter and crew were called away to perform a real world mission of search and rescue in Tillamook County. (Photo captured from video filmed by Staff Sgt. Kevin Hartman, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office.)
For information about the helicopter and crew, or Armed Forces Day, contact:
Major Michael Braibish, Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs Office