Attack Helicopter Unit Moving to Fort Carson

By: AP
By: AP

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) _ An Army helicopter battalion with
about 500 soldiers will move from its base in Korea to Fort Carson,
Colorado, in March.

The chopper is replacing another helicopter unit leaving for Fort Riley, Kansas.

The Army said Monday that the 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment will bring 24 attack helicopters to the post outside Colorado Springs. The unit will train at Fort Carson before heading to Iraq in the fall of 2009.

The battalion, known as the ``Gunfighters,'' flies AH-64 Longbow helicopters.

The 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment now at Fort Carson will move to Fort Riley. The unit is starting to return to Fort Carson from a 14-month deployment in Iraq.

The squadron flies OH-58 Kiowa helicopters used for observation and light attack.

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