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March 01, 2010
Oregon Army National Guard Helicopter Assists in Search for skier in Umatilla National Forest
 
SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Army National Guard is supporting Union County Sherriff's Office in a search effort using an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter in the Horseshoe Prairie area near Elgin, Oregon, Umatilla National Forest.

The OH-58 launched from the Army Aviation Support Facility #2, in Pendleton, at 8:30 a.m. to assist in the search for a 13 year old cross country skier who was reported missing Saturday afternoon.

Union County Sherriff's Office is the lead agency coordinating for all search efforts.

"Our helicopter and crew will continue to support the search and rescue operation as long as the Union Sheriff's Office requests our help," said Col. Todd Farmer, Oregon State Army Aviation Officer.

There are approximately 3,100 soldiers and airmen from the Oregon National Guard deployed around the world in support of federal missions leaving approximately 5,700 guard members along with a variety of equipment to support domestic needs.

For the Army Fact File on the OH-58 Kiowa go to: http://www.army.mil/factfiles/equipment/aircraft/kiowa.html
 
Contact Info:
 
Cpt. Stephen Bomar
Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs Officer
503-584-3885