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Minnesota National Guard
Operational Success Through Resilience

Alpha Company, 2-147th returns home from Kuwait

SAINT PAUL, Minn - Thirty Soldiers from Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion (2-147 AHB) returned home Oct 10, 2012 from an 11-month deployment to Kuwait Last August, Alpha Company was activated on short notice to support the 1-126th General Support Aviation Battalion of the Rhode Island Army National Guard Rapidly deploying with a new unit was a challenge within itself; but the Soldiers of 2-147th quickly distinguished themselves through leadership and impeccable timeliness in their missions

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"The unit flew 600 missions with more than 4,400 passengers," said Army Capt Shannon D Gregory, commander of Alpha Company "It was our job to fly senior leaders throughout Kuwait Our maintenance section was outstanding as we had zero dropped missions due to unscheduled maintenance"

Alpha Company was able to sustain an impressive 88 percent operational readiness rate for their aircraft maintenance using the Launch, Recover, Launch motto

Along with logging an impressive 3,700 flight hours, Alpha Company was also able to find time for personal development training: qualifying six new pilots in deck landing operations and Graduating 8 members from the Camp Buehring Warrior Leadership Course during their deployment  

The unit's adaptability was demonstrated while working with other branches during their deployment  Alpha Company developed a formal deck landing qualification and night vision goggle program with seven US Naval ships in the North Arabian Gulf Aviation task force and conducted Air Assault training with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in order to provide on call rapid execution for Marine raid forces

"It was my distinct honor to command and serve with this great group of men and women who put service before self to help provide security to the region," said Gregory

As members of Alpha Company set foot back on Minnesota soil at the Minneapolis-St Paul airport; family, friends, and waiting airport patrons greeted them with a hearty and supportive round of applause The Minnesota and Wisconsin communities that supported these soldiers are proud to welcome back their brave men and women

Story by Air National Guard Staff Sgt Paul Santikko
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
Oct 10, 2012

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