Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Fast as Wildfire

Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Fast as Wildfire

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OLATHE, KANSAS

Under Immediate Response Authority, three CH-47 Chinook helicopters with crews and support personnel comprised of over 23 Soldiers, military technicians and Department of the Army civilians from the 11th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, assisted federal, state and local authorities combating wildfires that impacted more than 15 counties from March 8 through March 10, 2017.

Because two thirds of the Olathe-based Bravo Company, 7th Battalion! 158th Aviation Regiments, units and aircraft ire currently deployed overseas, the ARAC executed its own total force approach, bringing Soldiers and Miltechs from Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington, to Kansas to provide relief to those affected.

"Without the willingness and expertise of our Soldiers and Aviation Support Facility personnel to drop everything that they were doing and immediately fly to help out their neighbors in the affected areas, I believe our mission would not have been a success," said Col. …

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