Announcing a new Combat Rescue Helicopter fleet at Kirtland Air Force Base, May 31, 2016
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich with Col. Tony Haught, Vice Commander of the 377th Air Base Wing; Col. Rob Reyner, Commander of the 150th Special Operations Wing (SOW) – NM Air National Guard; and Col. Dagvin Anderson, Commander of the 58th Special Operations Wing (SOW) announcing a new Combat Rescue Helicopter fleet at Kirtland Air Force Base.
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) will receive a new combat search and rescue helicopter fleet to replace current aging aircraft. Senator Heinrich underscored that KAFB will be the first Air Force installation in the country to receive the new Combat Rescue Helicopters (CRH). According to the fielding plan, KAFB will receive a total of 14 Combat Rescue Helicopters between fiscal year 2020 and 2028. Senator Heinrich fought against a proposal to terminate the helicopter replacement program in 2014 and has advocated on the Senate Armed Services Committee to replace the existing fleet.