MEDIA ADVISORY: National Guardsmen return to Jacksonville from SW border mission
WHO – Florida Army National Guard’s B Company, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment (Security and Support), stationed at Cecil Commerce Center in Jacksonville.
WHAT – Fourteen Soldiers from the aviation unit will return to Cecil Commerce Center following a 10-month deployment to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.
WHEN – Dec. 7, 2012. Six of the Soldiers are scheduled to return at 4 p.m.; eight are scheduled to return about 5 p.m. Media members are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to the event. Times are subject to change.
WHERE – Florida National Guard Aviation Support Facility, located at 13630 Crossover St., Cecil Commerce Center, Jacksonville, Fla.
The Florida National Guard Soldiers left for the mission in early February 2012. Using LUH-72 Lakota helicopters, the unit conducted aerial reconnaissance and security operations as part of Task Force Liberty’s Southwest Border Security mission. The unit was supporting U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Texas.
This Florida National Guard unit was one of the first Security and Support units to deploy in support of a domestic mission. The unit conducted more than 259 missions in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and safely flew more than 1,000 hours. The efforts of B Company resulted in 2,619 apprehensions and during the last 10 months the crews were responsible for the confiscation of more than 10,000 pounds of illegal drugs with an estimated street value in excess of $9 million, according to Florida Army National Guard State Aviation Office.