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Feature story Photo feature: The South Dakota Army National Guard welcomes its initial UH-72A Lakota

May 19, 2011

A delivery ceremony for the first of six EADS North America UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters to the South Dakota Army National Guard drew hundreds of spectators at the Crazy Horse Memorial in the state’s Black Hills.

Our photo report details this special event, which included a formal welcome of the milestone aircraft; ceremonial activities performed by the UH-72A Lakota’s namesake Indian tribe, the Lakota nation; and comments from government and military officials, along with EADS North America representatives.

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Young members of the Lakota nation perform traditional dances in honor of the South Dakota Army National Guard's new UH-72A. Lakota Indians were known as peaceful, non-aggressive people – which is in line with the Light Utility Helicopter’s role as an unarmed aircraft for missions that include homeland security, drug interdiction, general support, logistics and medical evacuation.

Photo: South Dakota Army National Guard photo / Staff Sgt. Theanne Tangen

 


Soldiers prepare to post the American flag in celebration of the first UH-72A to be operated by the South Dakota Army National Guard, which ultimately will receive a total of six Lakotas – consisting of four helicopters in the medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) configuration and two outfitted for the Security and Support (S&S) Battalion mission.

Photo: South Dakota Army National Guard photo / Staff Sgt. Lance Alan Schroeder

 


Cadets from the Pine Ridge High School JROTC Color Guard mark the UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter’s unveiling during the day-long event on May 15. This aircraft is the 167th Lakota delivered by EADS North America since 2006 – all of which have been provided on time and on budget.

Photo: South Dakota Army National Guard photo / Staff Sgt. Lance Alan Schroeder

 


Members of a Lakota tribal color guard march through the audience during the milestone aircraft’s welcome ceremony at the Crazy Horse Memorial. The South Dakota Army National Guard’s progressive phase-in of six Lakotas will enhance its ability to respond to a wide range of missions.

Photo: South Dakota Army National Guard photo / Staff Sgt. Lance Alan Schroeder

 

 

Representative Kristi Noem, congresswoman for the state of South Dakota, addresses the crowd assembled for this special UH-72A delivery event. Speakers also included South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, along with representatives from EADS North America, the South Dakota Army National Guard and the Lakota Nation.

Photo: South Dakota Army National Guard photo / Staff Sgt. Lance Alan Schroeder



Six-year-old Kodreis Herman of the Oglala Sioux Tribe takes a break from dancing, with the South Dakota Army National Guard’s no. 1 UH-72A on display in the background. In addition to welcoming this new Light Utility Helicopter, the event served as a sign of diversity and unity for those attending.

Photo: South Dakota Army National Guard photo / Staff Sgt. Theanne Tangen

 


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