Border Patrol Gets State Of The Art UH-60M Helicopter
By Mike Mitchell
August 20, 2009,
Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Yesterday with a handshake and the passing of a
log book and keys, representatives from the Utility Helicopter Project
Office to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency marked the
delivery of the first of four UH-60M aircraft that will enter CBP
service by July 2010.
"This is about
partnership; in order to be able to provide this great capability, this
great aircraft, to our partners in the Department of Homeland Security.
What enabled that to happen is a partnership within the Army, the Army
pulling together with our brothers in (the Aviation and Missile Command)
and (Research, Development and Engineering Command) to procure this
aircraft and to modify it to meet the requirements that our Department
of Homeland Security so validly needs to execute the tough, very, very
difficult mission," said Crosby, who is the Army manager for the Apache
helicopter, cargo helicopter, utility helicopter, unmanned aircraft
system, armed scout helicopter, and Aviation Systems programs.
Handing over the log
book and keys to the newest Black Hawk was difficult for Crosby, the
aviator. "This is the first of four M-configuration aircraft. Great
capability. I'm jealous of you guys flying it out in Arizona. I wish I
could go with you," Crosby said. Accepting the aircraft was John
Stanton, executive director, National Air Security Operations for the
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of CBP Air and Marine. The
CBP is one of the Department of Homeland Security's largest and most
complex components, with the mission of keeping terrorists and their
weapons out of the U.S., and its Office of Air and Marine is the world's
largest aviation and maritime law enforcement organization.
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