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Press Release
October 27, 2010
Oregon Army National Guard to assist with airlift of injured hunter
SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Army National Guard is supporting Douglas County officials with the medical evacuation of an injured hunter to a local hospital.

Oregon Army National Guard's Charlie Co., 7-158 Aviation launched a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the Maj. Charles L. Deibert Facility in Salem, Ore., at approximately 11:20 a.m. to assist with the extraction of the injured hunter.

Officials report the 33-year old male patient suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Oregon National Guard aviation personnel will transfer the patient to an Airlife helicopter which is standing by at Milo Academy in Canyonville, Ore.

Soldiers from C-7/158 Aviation recently returned from a deployment to Tallil and Joint Base Balad, Iraq. The unit spent approximately one year assisting with over 375 life saving missions, involving over 800 patients.

For the Army Fact File on the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter go to: http://www.army.mil/factfiles/equipment/aircraft/blackhawk.html.
Contact Info: Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office: 503-584-3885