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Photos: National Guard training for Afghanistan

  • Soldiers from the 238th Medevac Company of the New Hampshire National Guard take off from Ft. Bliss to fly training a training mission in the mountains of West Texas and New Mexico  on May 29, 2013. This was part of their pre-mobilization training in preparation in Ft. Bliss was to familiarize the pilots and crews with terrain similar to what they will see in their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.<br/><br/>SSG Whitney Hughes for the Monitor

    Soldiers from the 238th Medevac Company of the New Hampshire National Guard take off from Ft. Bliss to fly training a training mission in the mountains of West Texas and New Mexico on May 29, 2013. This was part of their pre-mobilization training in preparation in Ft. Bliss was to familiarize the pilots and crews with terrain similar to what they will see in their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

    SSG Whitney Hughes for the Monitor

  • Capt. Jason Richards, a pilot and the Commander of 238th Medevac Company of the New Hampshire National Guard, sits in in a a UH-60 Blackhawk during a post-flight briefing May 29. Richards, and the rest of the company were at Ft. Bliss, Texas for their pre-mobilization training in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.<br/><br/>(SSG Whitney Hughes for the Monitor)

    Capt. Jason Richards, a pilot and the Commander of 238th Medevac Company of the New Hampshire National Guard, sits in in a a UH-60 Blackhawk during a post-flight briefing May 29. Richards, and the rest of the company were at Ft. Bliss, Texas for their pre-mobilization training in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

    (SSG Whitney Hughes for the Monitor)

  • Soldiers from the 238th Medevac Company of the New Hampshire National Guard take off from Ft. Bliss to fly training a training mission in the mountains of West Texas and New Mexico  on May 29, 2013. This was part of their pre-mobilization training in preparation in Ft. Bliss was to familiarize the pilots and crews with terrain similar to what they will see in their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.<br/><br/>SSG Whitney Hughes for the Monitor
  • Capt. Jason Richards, a pilot and the Commander of 238th Medevac Company of the New Hampshire National Guard, sits in in a a UH-60 Blackhawk during a post-flight briefing May 29. Richards, and the rest of the company were at Ft. Bliss, Texas for their pre-mobilization training in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.<br/><br/>(SSG Whitney Hughes for the Monitor)

Forty-three members of the New Hampshire National Guard’s C Company, 3rd Battalion 238th Aviation Regiment are training at Fort Hood, Texas, through the second week of July. They have been there since the beginning of May preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan where they will fly medevac missions. During that time, the crews flew out of Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, to fly in terrain similar to that of Afghanistan.

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