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Press Release
October 20, 2005
Oregon Army National Guard launches aeromedical evacuation mission
The Oregon Army National Guard launched a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem at 11:40 a.m. today to assist in a rescue.
A 25 year old male was injured in an auto wreck involving a log truck that flipped. The man was reported to be bleeding severely. The accident occurred west of Cottage Grove on Gowdyville Road. Plans are to fly the injured man to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene.
The crew of the ORARNG Blackhawk includes Col. David Greenwood, Chief Warrant Officer Dennis Cooper, and Sgt. Justin Thomas.
The initial 9-1-1 call was placed with the Lane County dispatcher.
The 1042nd Medical Company, which operates out of the AASF in Salem, has five aircraft and 35 personnel deployed to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. Despite the high operations tempo of the unit, they have completed dozens of search and rescue missions in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office will provide more information as it becomes available.
Kay Fristad
Public Affairs
Capt Mike Braibish