Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Whop whop on its way

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Fort Carson will host training by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y., on Thursday, raising questions about whether the visit is a precursor for the Colorado Springs post getting its own helicopter unit.

Activist Bill Sulzman has recently raised questions about whether a new CAB would be a good thing for the area and whether construction has taken place at Fort Carson in anticipation of a decision Army officials say hasn't yet been made. Fort Carson denies it has built facilities ahead of the Army making a decision.

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According to media reports, a new CAB would bring 2,000 new troops and 100 helicopters to Fort Carson.

In a press release issued today, the post said the Fort Drum unit will conduct high altitude training at Butts Army Airfield in preparation for its upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. The location of training is important to prepare pilots to operate in unique wind patterns and conditions presented in mountainous terrain, the release said.

Carson spokesman Randy Tisor didn't know whether the Fort Drum unit has trained here before or whether the unit that will visit is the one identified for relocation to Carson.

The release also invites media to tag along in one of the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, after they sign agreements saying they won't sue if they're killed or maimed.

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