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National Guard to use helicopters for training Saturday

By Lisa Burnett

This article was originally published April 4, 2014 at 4:05 p.m. Updated April 4, 2014 at 5:17 p.m.

— Arkansas National Guard and state parks officials notified the public Friday that a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter will be flown Saturday morning at Pinnacle Mountain as part of an Arkansas National Guard training exercise.

Lt. Col. Keith Moore, public affairs officer with the Arkansas National Guard, said the exercise will occur from 10 to 11.

Hikers who are planning to hike the trails at Pinnacle Mountain will still be allowed to do what they normally would during the training exercise, Moore said.

"We will have some safety considerations and advisories set up," he said. "This is a perfect opportunity for people to see their hometown heroes up close and personal."

The Army National Guard has done this exercise at Pinnacle Mountain before, but Moore said it hasn't been during a time when lots of people will be out and about.

"We usually do it in the winter months," he said.

Moore said in a statement that Army National Guard helicopter crews will be training to gain experience and develop expertise in the "dynamics of mountainside rescue," such as hovering the aircraft and hoisting injured people from remote locations against wind updrafts.

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HM2 says... April 4, 2014 at 8:32 p.m.

It makes one proud to watch these men and women doing their jobs so well. If your in the area, stop a moment and watch it should make you proud to. thanks for your service soldiers.

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Duhig says... April 4, 2014 at 9:52 p.m.

I saw it on Friday afternoon as it flew around Camp Chaffee. It is an impressive aircraft. Watch for it.

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