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Guard Aviators return from Afghanistan

Five Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's Detachment 39 (Det 39), Operational Support Airlift (OSA) returned to Minnesota Friday  The Soldiers flew into the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in St Paul in the same type of aircraft they flew in theater

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Det 39 left Minnesota in March 2009 for a one-year deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom "I'm just glad to be back"said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Darin Skopek, "after a very successful mission, a job well done, we're happy to be back"

Det 39 pilots and system operators directly supported United States and Coalition Forces with counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan  The unit conducted continuous combat flights throughout Afghanistan utilizing Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System aircraft  Det 39 greatly assisted tactical ground commanders with centralized intelligence collection and analysis by providing electro optic/infrared imagery with a modified Beechcraft King Air 300 C-12 Huron fixed-wing aircraft  Det 39 accumulated more than 600 flight hours and conducted some of the most high profile missions in Afghanistan 

In Afghanistan, Det 39 was part of Bravo Company, 3rd Brigade-214th Aviation Regiment of Task Force Observe, Detect, Identify, Neutralize-Afghanistan (TF ODIN-A) TF-ODIN-A provided persistent manned and un-manned aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and had the ground based capabilities to analyze and disseminate real-time battlefield intelligence and targeting information to ground commanders and other organizations throughout Afghanistan A significant part of their mission involved finding and interdicting insurgent Improvised Explosive Device networks before they could emplace their explosives and target United States and Coalition Forces Bravo Company, 3rd Brigade-214th Aviation Regiment flew several hundred combat missions with more than 3,600 accident free hours

Det 39 is a Minnesota Army National Guard State Flight Detachment providing C-12 Huron fixed-wing aviation support for both federal and state missions Det 39 is headquartered in St Paul at the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 This small but highly specialized aviation unit provides short-notice transportation for personnel and cargo Det 39 is one of 43 C-12 OSA units in the United States

By Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ewer
34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
12 Mar, 2010






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