Newest generation of Army Black Hawk utility helicopters
to be flown by Ohio National Guard pilots
Photos by Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
Video by Sgt. Andrew Kuhn, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
COLUMBUS, Ohio (02/17/17) — The newest addition to the Ohio Army National Guard’s aviation fleet, the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter, was the focus of a Feb. 17 event showcasing the airframe at the Army Aviation Support Facility No. 2, located on Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base. The UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter is the newest model in the Black Hawk family of aircraft, and the centerpiece of the airframe is the Integrated Vehicle Health Management System (IVHMS), which provides a state-of-the-art cockpit display system that improves pilot control and situational awareness. The Ohio National Guard is scheduled to receive 20 new UH-60M Black Hawks by the end of 2018. The Black Hawk is a versatile aircraft with capabilities that can be used during deployments in support of overseas contingency operations worldwide, as well as support civilian first responder and homeland security missions including disaster relief, medical evacuation (medevac) and transportation of personnel and equipment.
Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, speaks to members of the Ohio Army National Guard aviation community during a ceremony to debut the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter in the OHARNG, Feb. 17, 2017, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio National Guard is scheduled to receive 20 new UH-60M Black Hawks by the end of 2018.
The Ohio Army National Guard debuted the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter in the OHARNG.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Robert Diamond (left), an instructor pilot with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 137th Aviation Regiment, guides Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, through the new navigation system on a new UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Robert Diamond (left), explains the state-of-the-art navigation system on a UH-60M Black Hawk.
Lt. Col. Wayne A. Thomas, director of Army Aviation for the Ohio National Guard, signs an artist’s print.