ARMY Aviation Support & St Cloud MN Blackhawk Facility

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ARMY Aviation Support & St Cloud MN Blackhawk Facility

Blackhawk flying over Iraq picture courtesy of the US Military, Thanks!In 2009 the Army National Guard built a $37.2 million 80,000 square foot hangar to house Blackhawk and Chinook Helicopters. The massive building was constructed on 52 acres of land at the St. Cloud Regional Airport in Sherburne County St. Cloud Minnesota.

The new facility was necessary to be built as the National Guard ran out of space at Holman Field in St. Paul. Mostly the helicopters will be flying to Camp Ripley just north of Little Falls Minnesota. Major Shawn Manke said "...what this facility is doing is allowing us to have another facility for training, take some of the pressure off the facility in St. Paul and then allow us to be dual roles so you can support from both areas."

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division of Fort Campbell Ky., simulate a sling load of a Howitzer with an CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Fort Benning, GaWe live within a few miles of the St. Cloud Regional Airport and it has been an amazing addition to everyday life to see some of these helicopters flying overhead. The Chinook is massive, it is no surprise that for every hour of flight they need 4 hours of maintenance. At first it took a little bit to get used to seeing the occasional Blackhawk overhead, not living in a war zone (thank God) but we are now very fond of our new neighbors and enjoy seeing them pass by, sometime close enough to wave at a crewmember.

 

The Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) has more than 50 full time employees who are stationed at St. Cloud and there have been many other ancillary jobs created as a result of the new facility too.

 

Daniel EwerAs a side note, I would like to thank the 80 brave men and women of the St. Cloud-based Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment. We have just been informed that they will begin a 10-month deployment in Iraq early next year after receiving two months of training at Fort Hood, Texas. While this is a non combat mission it is their 2nd deployment over to the region. They will be flying CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopters to "assist the movement of troops, equipment and supplies for support of maneuver, combat and combat-service support operations." This is part of Operation New Dawn the name given to the draw down of our U.S. Military troops in Iraq. We thank them for their service and look forward to their safe return home.

 

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Tish Lloyd
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Steve:  Aren't these spectacular Birds!?!  I am always in awe of the splendor of our aviation support and the men and women who serve our country with such dignity.  This is a wonderful Localism post.  Thank you.

Sep 08, 2010 11:40 AM #1
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Hi Tish: I always get a thrill watching military aircraft. Our young men and women in uniform are an inspiration and blessing.

Sep 08, 2010 12:12 PM #2
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Scott Hayes
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Very cool Steve. During my Air Force days, I enjoyed jets flying all over the place. Then I got stationed at a base with no flight line. You kinda get used to hearing and seeing aircraft.

Sep 08, 2010 12:31 PM #3
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Thanks for your service Scott. It sounds like you enjoyed yourself while you were in the Air Force. I am sure I would have!

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Elizabeth Baklaich
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Nice pictures, I really like the one slinging the water bucket at Camp Ripley.

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