La. Guard aircraft, crew depart for Hurricane Matthew duty

Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office

PINEVILLE, La. – The Louisiana National Guard deployed eight helicopters for Hurricane Matthew response operations in Florida and South Carolina, Oct. 8.

A total of eight aircraft – two UH-60 Blackhawks and two UH-72 Lakotas departed from Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in Hammond and AASF #2 at Esler Field in Pineville.

The medics, crew chiefs, maintenance support, pilots and aircraft will support Florida and South Carolina’s hurricane response as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

  • Two Louisiana National Guard UH-72 Lakotas depart from Army Aviation Support Facility #2 at Esler Field in Pineville, Louisiana, for Hurricane Matthew response operations, Oct. 8, 2016. A total of eight aircrafts, medics, crew chiefs, maintenance support and pilots will support Florida and South Carolina’s hurricane response as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by 1st Lt. Rebekah Malone)

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