☷NC Guard trains in Operation Sage Eagle in New Mexico
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MORRISVILLE , N . C . – North Carolina National Guard Soldiers from Detachment 2 , Charlie Company of the 1 - 126th Aviation Regiment , took part in Operation Sage Eagle in White Sands , New Mexico , in an exercise that supported the 5th Special Forces Group , 1st Special Forces Regiment . Operation Sage Eagle is a recurring training event to assist Special Forces battalions in validating subordinate units on pre - mission training . Members of Detachment 2 , Charlie Company , tested their aeromedical operations to execute mission - essential tasks . This included C - 17 expeditionary operations , cross - country movement , aircraft maintenance , and Forward Arming and Refueling Point ( FARP ) operations . The event in February and March focused on three combat medevac scenarios: aircraft stacking , degraded visual environments , and high altitude operations . These capabilities were a great addition to the 5th Special Forces Group training to validate deployment capabilities . “Regardless of our enemies’ technological advancements or advantages , we must be continuously prepared to respond effectively , ” said Capt . Joseph Longoria , Detachment 2 , Charlie Company commander . Longoria , referencing the callsign “DUSTOFF” specific to U . S . Army Air Ambulance units , added: “We aren’t your run - of - the - mill dustoff; we enjoy a good fight . ”It took a team effort to succeed as several other units were involved with the operation . The Tennessee Air National Guard provided the C - 17 to transport aircraft , and helicopter blades had to be folded in a specific configuration for transport . The 145th Airlift Wing of the North Carolina Air Guard assisted with maintenance , inspection , hazardous material support , and access to their ramp and hangar in Charlotte . The North Carolina unit required extensive planning and support to transport its team to White Sands . The ground support section operated and distributed over 200 , 000 pounds of fuel at the Oro Grande FARP and trained five additional Soldiers on fueling operations . Detachment 2 , Charlie Company of the 1 - 126 Aviation Regiment , met essential training objectives , completing 122 flight hours , 15 medevac missions , 14 training crew missions , Environmental Qualifications and Academic , power management training . “Every Soldier was tested vigorously in their specific specialties to ensure our mission was successful , ” Longoria said . Detachment 2 , Charlie Company of the 1 - 126 Aviation Regiment , is based out of Salisbury and assigned to the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade headquartered in Morrisville .
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