Helicopters hover as Guard unit prepares for deployment

A recent increase in helicopter activity in Bethany Beach and the surrounding areas is actually a result of an upcoming deployment of Delaware National Guardsmen.

Lt. Col. Len Gratteri, spokesperson for the state Guard, said that Detachment 1 F Company 1/126th Aviation Delaware National Guard Black Hawk Helicopter Unit, which performs medevac missions, has been preparing for an upcoming deployment.

“They’re doing a two-week training mission, working out of the Bethany Beach training site. They have an upcoming deployment in June where they’ll be going over to the Afghanistan theater, scheduled for a year deployment,” he explained. “They’re doing some final training before they leave.”

Gratteri said that there will be increased activity in the area as a result, with training typically running from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“They’ll be doing rescue operation training,” he said. “It’s all in support of their upcoming deployment.”

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