Alaska Army National Guardsman Sgt. Carl Gilmore, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, is greeted on Robert Gray Army Airfield in Fort Hood, Tx., after returning from a year long deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Approximately 200 Army National Guard Soldiers, including 30 from Alaska, returned to U.S. soil, with another 30 Alaskans arriving over the next month. In Kuwait, the Guardsmen deployed with the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade to provide aviation support with UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to U.S. and Coalition forces.
ÒWe did a lot of partnership missions with the Kuwaiti nationals. This afforded us the opportunity to bridge that gap between our countries,Ó said Sgt. 1st Class Julie Small, human resources sergeant and door gunner for A Co., 1-207th AVN Reg. ÒWe practiced training and flying with their helicopters.Ó In addition to building partnerships, the aviators mastered over-water work and deck landings. The crews also built their flight time with night vision devices and formation flights.
GLORIA HARRIS — U.S. Army