70 Minnesota National Guard soldiers return from Iraq & Afghanistan
Community, friends and family of the St. Paul-based C Company (Air
Ambulance), 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment will gather for a Welcome
Home Ceremony following the unit's return from a 12-month deployment in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Soldiers of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment served in
Iraq and Afghanistan performing aero-medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) and medical
resupply missions. This was the first time a Minnesota Army National Guard
unit received a change of mission to Afghanistan while already serving in
C Company, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion's MEDEVAC mission in
Iraq consisted of supporting Marine Expeditionary forces in western Iraq and
was a unique and autonomous mission. Their primary mission was providing
lifesaving aero-medical evacuation services throughout Al Anbar Province of
Iraq, the largest medical evacuation coverage area in Iraq.
C Company performed more than 300 MEDEVAC missions, providing lifesaving
evacuation services to more than 500 patients. Through a combined effort of
aircraft maintainers, aircraft fuelers, flight operations personnel and
flight crews, the unit flew more than 1,700 flight hours. In addition, C
Company's fuelers provided support to the Marine's helicopter fleet as well,
delivering over 200,000 gallons of fuel to Marine aircraft.
In early April 2009, one Forward Support Medical Team of nineteen aircrew
memebers received a change of mission. Nineteen Soldiers and four aircraft
deployed to Afghanistan to support the developing fight. In Afghanistan, C
CO 2-211th personnel provided aero-medical evacuation and medical resupply in
the Regional Command-South and Regional Command-West from the Kandahar
Airfield. While serving in Afghanistan, C Co 2-211th conducted over 340
missions and flew more than 625 hours making them directly responsible for
the improvement of response times and delivery of injured servicemembers to
medical treatment facilities.
Members of the media are invited to attend the Welcome Home Ceremony for
these Soldiers. The unit is scheduled to arrive at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Monday, July 27 at the Army Aviation Support Facility 206 Airport Road, St.
Paul, MN 55107.
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