Nevada Army Guard Chinooks headed for Afghanistan |

Nevada Army Guard Chinooks headed for Afghanistan

The latest generation of Nevada Army Guard rotary-winged aviators, flight engineers and mechanics are set to deploy to Afghanistan in late February.

Bravo Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion will deploy to Afghanistan later this month to fly CH-47D Chinook helicopters on personnel and cargo transportation missions.

The Reno unit includes about 60 soldiers from Nevada and 60 from Montana. This is the same Nevada Guard unit previously known as Company D, 113th Aviation Company, which incurred five casualties on its 2005 deployment in Afghanistan.

This deployment marks the first return to combat for the Nevada Army Guard’s Chinook unit.

The five Company D casualties came on Sept. 25, 2005, when a Chinook with the

call sign “Mustang 22” was shot down in Southwestern Afghanistan. Among those

lost were Nevada Army Guard Chief Warrant Officer John Flynn, 36, and Sgt.

Patrick Stewart, 35, along with three Oregon Guard Soldiers.