Kentucky National Guard Aviators conduct crash training exercise

Photos by Mrs. Ana Coomer

Pilots from Kentucky National Guard's aviation branch act deceased after a simulated crash during a training exercise at Boone National Guard Center April 21 in Frankfort, Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Army National Guard aviators
conducted a crash training exercise at 1:30 p.m. today at the Boone
National Guard Center in Frankfort.

The exercise simulated the crash of two helicopters, a UH-60 Blackhawk
and a OH-58 Kiowa. Teams from the Kentucky Army National Guard, Frankfort
and Franklin County fire departments respond swiftly and worked together as a team just as they would in a real world incident.

“This exercise helps our aviation Soldiers be better prepared to respond
in case of an emergency,” said Lt. Col. Mike Ferguson, director of the Army
Aviation Support Facility. “More important, it gives us the opportunity to
work with local first responders and train with them toward a common goal.”

“The inner agency coordination that went on here today goes a long way helping
us and the National Guard mitigate any sort of emergency operation in the
future,” said Mr. Jack Williams, Rescue Sergeant for Frankfort Fire & EMS.

This is not the first time the Kentucky National Guard has worked with
Frankfort and Franklin County first responders, Ferguson noted.

“We’ve been doing this for years,” he said. “We’ve developed a great
relationship with our civilian counterparts and look forward to training
with them every year.”

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