(Left to right) Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Joel Best, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joshua Day, U.S. Army Maj. Tony Somogyi, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, Sara Fisher, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Dana Capozzella, and former U.S. Army Sgt. Dick Dirkes and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dick Over cut the ribbon at the High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Gypsum, Colo., April 26, 2013. HAATS is the only Department of Defense school that conducts power management and environmental training at high altitudes for rotary-wing aviators from all components of the U.S. military and international military students. The new, state-of-the-art, 14-acre facility will allow the HAATS staff to more efficiently and effectively conduct operations while doubling student throughput. Best and Day are former HAATS commanders, Somogyi is the current HAATS commander, Edwards is the commander of the Colorado National Guard, Fisher is an Eagle County commissioner, Capozzella is the commander of the Colorado Army National Guard, and Dirkes and Over are both veterans of the 10th Mountain Division, which had its roots in nearby Camp Hale, Colo., and were considered to be among the first high-altitude soldiers. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral)
|Date Posted:||05.01.2013 17:03|
|Location:||GYPSUM, CO, US|
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