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November 15, 2017


National Guard hosts UH-60 Black Hawk orientation and flight


National Guard hosts UH-60 Black Hawk orientation and flightMembers of the Kansas Army National Guard visited Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City on Wednesday, November 15 as part of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter orientation and flight.

Katie Horner, Public Affairs Director for the Kansas Adjutant General’s Departments, served as the emcee during the orientation. Major Justin Nusz, Executive Officer for Recruiting and Retention for the Kansas National Guard; Master Sergeant Beverly Claycamp, Kansas National Guard Incentives Manager; and Staff Sergeant Lonnie Hajney, spoke to those in attendance about the benefits of joining the Kansas Army National Guard.

The Kansas Army National Guard has participated in every major conflict from the Civil War in 1861 to today. They provide support, resources, and leadership, while responding to domestic emergencies, combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and much more.

Following a safety briefing, individuals in attendance were able to take a ride in one of two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter. Named after the Native American war leader Black Hawk, the UH-60 entered service with the U.S. Army in 1979, to replace the Bell UH-1 Iroquois as the Army's tactical transport helicopter. 

Cowley employees that had an opportunity to go up in the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and tour Arkansas City from 500 feet above the ground were, Tina Grillot, Shelby Huddleston, Frank Arnold, Todd Shepherd, Brooke Istas, and Julie Rhoads.