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Story by Maj. Gus LaFontaine, Joint Force Headquarters
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Members of Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment MEDEVAC departed to Ft. Hood, Texas for pre-mobilization training.
The Kentucky Army National Guard aviation company held a small departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Boone National Guard Center. The unit will provide Blackhawk medical evacuation support while in Afghanistan.
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Deputy Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Rob Larkin addressed
the company during the departure ceremony. Larkin lauded the experience of the
238th by recognizing that a majority of the company’s Soldiers had previously
He acknowledged the importance of the medical evacuation
mission in his address to the group.
“You guys will be coming out to save the day for our
forces. Do the absolute best job that can be done.”
Lt. Col. Adam Kearney, Battalion Commander of the 751st
Troop Command, reminded the group of the seriousness of their mission.
“Eighteen months ago you began preparing. That phase is over but this is just starting. It’s like football. You practice and practice until it’s game time,” said Kearney. “It’s game time now. Practice is over. This is real. Trust your training. Trust your leadership.”
Capt. Jonathan Strayer, Det. 1 commander, said, “I’m confident in our group that is deploying for this mission after successfully completing our training.”
He cited the extended period of time that was dedicated
to training as reason for his confidence in his Soldiers.
“We’ve had the same group training together for the last
couple of years. We put our heads down and concentrated on completing the
training events that we needed to do. As a result, we built a cohesive team.”
When asked about his goal for the upcoming deployment, he
replied, “We’re going to support the mission and bring everyone home safely.”