Rapid City SDANG unit mobilized for Kuwait deployment

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RAPID CITY, S.D. - More than 90 soldiers from the South Dakota Army National Guard's Company C, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment have received a mobilization order for a yearlong deployment to Kuwait beginning in October.

The mission of the Rapid City-based 1-189th is to provide aerial medical evacuation support with its HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. The company is comprised of pilots, crew chiefs, medics, aviation operations specialists and other support personnel.

The unit will report to Fort Hood, Texas, to complete several weeks of theater-specific training prior to deployment overseas.

This will be the third mobilization for the unit which deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn from 2011-2012 and supported peacekeeping operations in Kosovo from 2008-2009.

Information from the South Dakota National Guard

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