News: North Dakota National Guard to dedicate Lakota helicopter
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Army National Guard will partner with the North Dakota based Tribal Nations in dedicating the Guard’s newest helicopter, the UH-72A Lakota, at a ceremony at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m.
As part of the dedication ceremony, two Lakota helicopters on display will be blessed by a Native American spiritual leader and officially named. The master of ceremonies will be Scott Davis, executive director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission.
The event is free and open to the public. Guides at the UTTC entrance will direct visitors to the ceremony at the Lone Star Arena. No pre-coordination is necessary for media representatives.
The U.S. Army’s proud tradition of providing its helicopters Native American names continues with the UH-72A Lakota. The Lakota is the Army’s newest light utility helicopter and will replace the UH-1H Iroquois and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters. The aircraft ideally suited for logistics and missions in support of homeland security, emergency response and medical evacuations.
Naming each Lakota helicopter symbolizes the respect and partnership between the Native American Warriors honored by the aircraft and the soldiers of the North Dakota National Guard that will operate the aircraft.
Remarks will be rendered by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Sen. John Hoeven, Congressman Rick Berg, and Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, adjutant general for the N.D. National Guard, and Dr. David Gipp, President of United Tribes Technical College, and representatives of North Dakota Indian nations Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Tribe, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Three Affiliated Tribes and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.
The national anthem will be performed in the Lakota language by Mrs. Wenelle Clown. The ceremony will also include Veteran Honor Guards, and performances by Native American drum and dance groups.
The N.D. Army National Guard is expected to have four Lakota helicopters in their inventory by the end of 2013. The aircraft will be stationed at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck.
WHAT: Dedication ceremony for the UH-72 Lakota helicopter
WHO: The North Dakota National Guard and respective Tribal Nations
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lone Star Arena at the campus of United Tribes Technical College, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504.
MEDIA: No pre-coordination necessary, however, media members attending the event are requested to print out page three of this document and display in their vehicle window. Guides will be available at the front gate of UTTC to lead public and media to event area.
Date Posted:08.31.2012 12:40
Location:BISMARCK, ND, US
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