Alaska-based soldiers arrive in Korea for 9-month rotation

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  Soldiers of the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade arrive at Osan Air Base, South Korea, on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, for a 9-month deployment.    Jae Hyung Park/U.S. Army
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Soldiers of the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade arrive at Osan Air Base, South Korea, on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, for a 9-month deployment. Jae Hyung Park/U.S. Army

Alaska-based soldiers arrive in Korea for 9-month rotation

by: Armando R. Limon | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 12, 2014

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The arrival of more than 300 soldiers at Osan Air Base, South Korea, kicked off the beginning of an Army unit’s nine-month rotation at Camp Humphreys on Tuesday.

The 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade will replace the 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment with a transition ceremony later this month, according to the 2nd Infantry Division.

The Fort Wainwright, Alaska-based unit will provide crews and support for 30 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, the 8th Army said in a statement.

“We are using the equipment being left in place by the current rotational aviation unit,” said Lt. Col. Matthew F. Ketchum, 6-17th Cavalry Regiment commander. “The squadron is fully trained and prepared to conduct real-time missions.”

The 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade will oversee the 6-17th during its deployment to South Korea.

The 4-6th Cavalry Regiment is scheduled to return to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, during the next couple of months, according to the 8th Army.

limon.armando@stripes.com

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