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24 Apache helicopters roll out to Wheeler field

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    An aircrew from 16th Combat Aviation Brigade and their AH-64E Apache Guardian hover at Wheeler Army Airfield before landing to train with 2-6 Cavalry, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade on Jan. 6.

Two dozen Army Apache attack helicopters arrived this weekend and will be stationed at Wheeler Army Airfield, the newspaper Stars and Stripes reported today.

The helicopters will replace Kiowa helicopters at the 25th Infantry Division.

The Apaches arrived over the weekend via container ship and unloaded at a commercial port near downtown. Maintenance crews spent Saturday preparing them for flight, and by Sunday morning the helicopters were lined up on a pier ready for a roughly 25-mile trip to Wheeler Army Airfield, the newspaper said.

The Apaches were transitioned from units in five states, grouped in California, then shipped from San Diego, said Maj. Jake Johnston, the 25th Infantry Division’s executive officer.

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