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Press Release
December 13, 2009
Oregon Army National Guard launches helicopter to assist with Mount Hood search for climbers
SALEM, Ore. – At approximately 9:15 a.m., an Oregon Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter departed Army Aviation Support Facility #1, en route to Mt. Hood to assist the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office with search and rescue efforts for two climbers believed to be on the mountain.

The UH-60 Blackhawk conducted an initial assessment at approximately 9,000 and up to 10,000 feet with four crew members, before picking up additional rescue teams coordinated by Clackamas County.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency. See their latest press release at: http://www.flashalert.net/news.html?id=624 

There are approximately 3,000 soldiers and airmen from the Oregon National Guard deployed around the world in support of federal missions. Nearly 5,700 troops and a variety of equipment remain in the state to support domestic needs such as search and rescue missions like this.

To view the Army fact file on the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, visit: http://www.army.mil/factfiles/equipment/aircraft/blackhawk.html
Contact Info: Captain Stephen Bomar
Oregon Military Department
Public Affairs Officer