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Army Guard updates aviation capabilities

The UH-72A Lakota Helicopter is the newest aircraft to join the Georgia Army Guard Aviation fleet. They will provide the Georgia guard with additional support capabilities for homeland security and homeland defense missions. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

The UH-72A Lakota Helicopter is the newest aircraft to join the Georgia Army Guard Aviation fleet. They will provide the Georgia guard with additional support capabilities for homeland security and homeland defense missions. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

Col. Brent Bracewell, Commander of the 78th Aviation Troop Command, Georgia Army National Guard speaks to a crowd of military and civilian personnel during a UH-72A Lakota Helicopter Delivery Ceremony Dec 3. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

Col. Brent Bracewell, Commander of the 78th Aviation Troop Command, Georgia Army National Guard speaks to a crowd of military and civilian personnel during a UH-72A Lakota Helicopter Delivery Ceremony Dec 3. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- The Georgia Army National Guard's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation, received three new UH-72A Lakota helicopters to be added to their aviation fleet in a delivery ceremony held here Dec. 3.

The helicopters will prove to be invaluable to the guard by increasing capabilities for homeland security and homeland defense, search and rescue missions, disaster response as well as assisting in local law enforcement missions. The UH-72A Lakota will be replacing the aging fleet of OH-58C Kiowa aircraft.

The Lakota was cited by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition as one of the top five "model" acquisition programs within the Department of Defense.