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Soldiers Get Hands-on Flight Training

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Soldiers in the Oregon National Guard took a flight they’ll never forget. Soldiers from B Company 2-162 flew in a CH-47 Heavy Lift Chinook Aircraft. For many of them, this was a first.

“Looking forward to riding the chinook helicopter. I’ve never done it before so it’ll be a fun experience,” said Specialist Matt Conrad.

“I’ve heard a lot about it from some of the more experienced members of the unit and it sounds like it’s going to be an interesting ride,” said Private First Class Richard Herbert.

The chopper is designed to carry upwards of 30 combat infantry men and all of their equipment. Each of them carry everything they need to survive for a weekend.

“You’re talking about 300 pounds per person times 30, and you’re not counting the crew so that’s a heavy, heavy aircraft,” said Sgt. Armondo Borboa, spokesman for the 41st Infantry Brigade Team.

They flew out of Corvallis Airport to Camp Biak in Eastern Oregon. It’s a center designed to simulate a combat zone. They will practice tactics like ambush, platoon attacks, and movement to contact, so they can be ready at a moment’s notice.

“That is what we train to do. We train to save lives,” said Borboa.

The training weekend is in preparation to the annual training at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho.

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