Boeing Chinook News from Mississippi



          Meridian, Mississippi



             6 January 2003: Approximately 125 members of Company G, 185th Aviation - "Beastmasters", Army National Guard, home based in Meridian, Mississippi, will deploy for duty on Tuesday morning.

             The unit will first go to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and later be deployed overseas. It could be mobilized for up to 24 months.

             This is the first time the entire unit has been mobilized for the "War on Terrorism". Seven members were previously mobilized in March 2003 and have since returned home.

             The mission of Company G is to move troops and cargo, conduct heavy lifting of combat equipment, and downed aircraft recovery. The pilots and crew members assigned to the company operate the CH-47D "Chinook" helicopter, the primary heavy lift aircraft for the U.S. Army.



          An F-15 Sling Load



             On an unknown date, members of Company B - "Beastmasters", 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment and Army Aviation Support Facility 3 (AASF#3) - units of the Army National Guard, located at Meridian, Mississippi - transport a F-15 Strike Eagle to an unknown static display location.









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