Elite Helo Battalion Flies America’s Leaders

Cool post about the 12th Aviation Battalion which flies senior officials of the US government. From the blog FoxTrotAlpha:

Fox Trot Alpha Blog Post on Elite Helicopter Unit

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“The 12th Aviation Battalion is really kind of the Superman of Army Aviation. Their daily operations may look pretty reserved, and even luxurious in nature, but their ‘other job’ is anything but. The unit is comprised of some of the most experienced Army Aviators, all with combat time, and some of the most dedicated support personnel in the Army round out the unit. If things were to get really bad in Washington D.C., they would be America’s best bet to get our leadership out of harms way as fast as possible so that the country could survive to fight another day.”

 

A UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter of the 12th Aviation Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Va. wears a VIP "gold-top" paint scheme during a stop over at Dover Air Force Base, Del., while a VC-25 of the 89th Airlift Squadron, Andrews AFB, Md., conducts proficiency flight training in the background. The UH-60M transports senior military leaders in the Military District of Washington while the VC-25 is commonly referred to as Air Force One when the president is aboard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)
A UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter of the 12th Aviation Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Va. wears a VIP “gold-top” paint scheme during a stop over at Dover Air Force Base, Del., while a VC-25 of the 89th Airlift Squadron, Andrews AFB, Md., conducts proficiency flight training in the background. The UH-60M transports senior military leaders in the Military District of Washington while the VC-25 is commonly referred to as Air Force One when the president is aboard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)
A VH-60 Black Hawk helicopter sits at Felker Army Airfield after taking its final flight from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Fort Eustis, Va., March 10, 2015. The helicopter began its life as an UH-60 Black Hawk before transforming into transportation for VIPs, and is set to become the newest addition to the U.S. Army Transportation Museum. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle/Released)
A VH-60 Black Hawk helicopter sits at Felker Army Airfield after taking its final flight from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Fort Eustis, Va., March 10, 2015. The helicopter began its life as an UH-60 Black Hawk before transforming into transportation for VIPs, and is set to become the newest addition to the U.S. Army Transportation Museum. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle/Released)

 

VH-60 Black Hawks of the Army’s 12th Aviation Battalion’s Executive Flight Detachment.

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