Hurricane relief one of many Army aviation commitments, says major general

WASHINGTON — As of Thursday morning, 110 helicopters were headed out of Fort Rucker, Alabama, to avoid storm damage that might come from Hurricane Irma, said Maj. Gen. Bill Gayler.Gayler, who serves as commander of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, spoke Sept. 7, at the Association of the United States Army’s Army Aviation Hot Topics forum.

Even as those helicopters are moved to safety, Army National Guard aviation assets from 20 states are still in Texas and Louisiana, assisting with recovery efforts there, post-Hurricane Harvey, he said.

Those missions, while vital and in the current spotlight, are just a drop in the bucket so to speak, of Army aviation’s global commitments, Gayler noted.


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