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Category: 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment


Special operators in JBLM helicopter teams close the book on “exciting” but classified tenure

It wouldn’t be Special Operations without a little bit of mystery.

Use your imagination to figure out what the elite helicopter teams in Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 4th Battalion, Special Operations Aviation Regiment mean when they say they deploy to “multiple theaters.”

They’re not only talking about the war in Afghanistan.

“There’s relatively no place on the planet they can’t employ these aircraft with precision,” the regiment’s senior officer, Col. John Thompson, said at a Lewis-McChord ceremony Friday on a tarmac decked out with the unit’s blackened Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters.

The “Night Stalkers” peeled back the classified curtain a little

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Local links, April 5

If you haven’t had a chance, check out my colleague Steve Maynard’s excellent report about families coping with the loss of a loved one during combat.

He profiles the parents of Parkland’s Sgt. Thomas F. Allison, killed in 2002 when his helicopter crashed in the Philippines; the widow of Sgt. Gabriel DeRoo, who was killed by small-arms fire in Mosul in 2006; and the mother of Sgt. Michael T. Washington, the Tacoma Marine killed in 2008 from an IED strike in Afghanistan.

Other local links:

62nd Medical Brigade
Soldiers ‘eager’ to lend hand in Haiti [The News

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4/160th SOAR dedicates hangar to fallen pilot

The 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment named a new hangar last week at Fort Lewis after one of its regiment’s pilots killed in 2007, according to a Special Operations Command press release.

Chief Warrant Officer Hershel D. McCants was among eight people killed when his CH-47 Chinook crashed in Afghanistan on Feb. 18, 2007. McCants served at Fort Campbell, Ky., at the time but was stationed twice at Fort Lewis: as an engineer with 1st Special Forces Group and as a tactical operations officer and an aeromedical evacuation pilot with the 62nd Medical Brigade.

“CW3 Dan McCants

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