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Thread: NH Air National Guard looking to station a helicopter in Milan NH (Berlin Airport)

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    NH Air National Guard looking to station a helicopter in Milan NH (Berlin Airport)

    The NH air guard normally flies up from Concord for rescues in the whites. The former Army National Guard facility in Berlin has been vacant for several years since the army guard combined operations in the north country. The air guard is looking to move up to the facility. There is an article in the Berlin Sun but it is behind a paywall. This will be big plus for rescue response in the Whites.

    Berlin used to have a large army national guard contingent when the Berlin Pulp Mill was running. Brown Co and James River were generous supporting employees on guard duty and there were many people in town who had been enlisted in the regular services at one point that transitioned to the guard after their full time duty. It was interesting on occasion where a subordinate in the mill was a higher ranking officer than their boss in the guard. Many stayed in the guard to hit their 20 years in the service. A combination of loss of population and loss of the major employer meant fewer guard members in later years. The north country had always had a fairly high percentage of high school kids going into the military but unlike the past with the mill in town, they tend to go in the service and leave the area rather than coming back to town and working in the mill.

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    Well, it’s a 25 minute flight from concord to N. Conway in a Blackhawk. Certainly will give them shorter flight times to the heart of the whites. Would be good to have more operational presence in the north country. Wonder how many crews they will have and presumably they’ll fly out of Berlin/Milan. They have three person crews but there is a lot of logistics support.

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    The article indicated that they would fly out of the Berlin NH airport which is actually located in Milan NH adjacent to beautiful downtown Milan. The airport will benefit as the gas pumps are run by a city Berlin employee and the guard will buy large quantities of jet fuel. The armory is on the far north end of Berlin not far from the Milan line.

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    Drive past the old armory all the time when heading north to Errol. And the smell of the Milan farm. Always a nice drive. The airport has one of the longer runways around. I’m glad the armory is coming back.

    Oh, and they will need JetA fuel.
    Last edited by NHClimber; 07-17-2021 at 04:57 PM.

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