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ND National Guard & McLean County Sheriff’s Department train together

Submitted Photo Sgt. Connor Hennen, Lakota helicopter crew chief, guides stretcher bearers safely away from the MEDEVAC helicopter on Aug. 12. Photo by Bill Prokopyk, North Dakota Army National Guard.

By U.S. NATIONAL GUARD

Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment (Security & Support) traveled north from Bismarck to hold a joint exercise with the McLean County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 10-12.

Missions included aircraft surveillance and aerial MEDEVAC (medical evacuation).

Two UH-72A Lakota helicopters participated in the MEDEVAC, allowing two sets of flight medics to receive training in stabilizing and transporting a mannequin casualty assisted by deputy sheriffs who were present on the scene as part of the scenario.

Conducting exercises with the North Dakota National Guard’s law enforcement partners helps form a joint mission environment promoting mutual trust and coordination.

Submitted Photo Three UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment, fly into McLean County as part of a joint exercise with the McLean County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 12. Photo by Bill Prokopyk, North Dakota Army National Guard.

Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment (Assault Helicopter) also participated in annual training with the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment. One of their missions, in preparation for a potential mobilization, was to conduct multi-aircraft training and transport N.D. National Guard senior leaders to observe ongoing aviation situational training with the McLean County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 11.

Submitted Photo Flight medic Sgt. Autumn Wang stabilizes a mannequin casualty in preparation of aerial MEDEVAC on Aug. 12 during a North Dakota National Guard training with the McLean County Sheriff’s Department. Photo by Bill Prokopyk, North Dakota Army National Guard.

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