Press resources for Minnesota National Guard helicopter crash

At 1:55 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, a Minnesota National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter took off from the St. Cloud Airport to conduct a routine maintenance flight. Shortly after takeoff, the pilots initiated a MAYDAY call and contact was lost with the aircraft. Local emergency responders initiated a search and rescue operation and located the downed aircraft southwest of St. Cloud at 4:15 p.m. The three Minnesota National Guard members on board the helicopter were confirmed deceased.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers Jr. | Photo | Bio | Funeral Information

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord | Photo | Bio | Funeral Information

Warrant Officer Candidate. Kort M. Plantenberg | Photo | Bio | Funeral Information

Statement from the family of Warrant Officer Candidate Kort M. Plantenberg

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Minnesota National Guardsmen rehearse Medevac in the Middle East – https://www.dvidshub.net/video/650204/minnesota-national-guardsmen-rehearse-aeromedical-evacuation-middle-east

MEDEVAC Training – https://www.dvidshub.net/video/652621/medevac-training

C. Company 2-211 GSAB AA – https://www.dvidshub.net/video/49768/c-company-2-211-gsab-aa

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Unit photo: https://minnesotanationalguard.ng.mil/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/IMG_2141-scaled.jpeg

Memorial Ceremony, Dec. 8, 2019, at Fort Hood, Texas, for 3 Guardsmen killed – https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5965042/2-211-memorial-ceremony

Sun Sets as the Bird Rises – https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5215529/sun-sets-bird-rises

From the Flight Line to the Lab – https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5215525/flight-line-lab

Middle East Air Ambulance – https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5011817/middle-east-air-ambulance

Middle East Air Ambulance – https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5011803/middle-east-air-ambulance

CNGB Biathlon Championship – https://www.dvidshub.net/image/4167596/cngb-biathlon-championship

C Co. 2-211 Medevac 101 training in the Middle East – https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5127442/386-emdg-participate-medevac-101-training

MedEvac conducts live hoist operations with military working dogs – https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5157621/medevac-conducts-live-hoist-operations-with-military-working-dogs

Additional Resources

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Dec. 6, 2019 – Minnesota National Guard to hold press conference Saturday

UH-60 Black Hawk fact sheet

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