FLYING HIGH: Guard Gets New Helicopters

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The Iowa National Guard is ready to take off with a new helicopter fleet.

Tuesday in Davenport, the guard introduced two new models of the Chinook and the Lakota. The helicopters will help transport troops, carry equipment and lift various supplies.

Officials say the $200 million investment will be used for missions close to home and far away.

“For us in Iowa, it represents an opportunity to operate state of the art aircraft. This is the finest heavy lift helicopter in the world. There’s no doubt about it,” says Cpt. Forest Lightle.

The Davenport-based unit received the Army National Guard Unit of the Year Award in 2011. It also broke a record for monthly flight hours during its last deployment in Iraq.