Capital Region Aviation Soldiers Head for South Africa
LATHAM--New York Army National Guard Sgt. Kevin Ressler steadies the tail of an OH-58 Kiowa assigned to Detachment 1, Co. A, 1st Battalion 224 Security and Support Aviation on Monday, Sept. 13 as he and other maintainers prepare the aircraft for a flight to Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh.
Ressler, and four other members of the detachment, will accompany the aircraft to the Africa Aerospace and Defense Exposition 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The helicopter was flown to Stewart ANGB on Tuesday, Sept. 14, to be loaded on board a giant C-5A Galaxy belonging to the 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard. That aircraft is due to depart for South Africa on Wednesday, Sept. 15.
An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter and members of the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard is also participating in the air show, as are vehicles provided by the 53rd Troop Command. About 75 New York Soldiers and Airmen are participating.