Blackhawk Utility Helicopter (UH-60)
The Blackhawk Utility Helicopter (UH-60) is the Army's current and future force utility and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) helicopter. The UH-60 provides the commander with rapid and agile maneuver capability through air assault, general support, Army Airborne Command and Control System (A2C2S) and MEDEVAC. The UH-60 gives Commanders the ability to initiate, conduct and sustain combat operations by providing internal and/or external lift of troops, weapon systems, supplies and equipment. In the A2C2S role, it provides full joint and combined interoperability with other Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance elements to Commanders at all echelons. The UH-60 is also utilized in support of homeland security and natural disaster relief operations, such as fire suppression, personnel recovery and key personnel transport. The UH-60 is vital to the homeland security needs of our nation.
What has the Army done? The Army will procure new UH-60M and HH-60M (MEDEVAC variant) in order to extend:
For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.
MEMORIAL DAY SAFETY MESSAGE
Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer activities and the 101 Critical Days of Summer which runs through the Labor Day Weekend. Leaders, Soldiers, civilians, contractors, and family members must be cognizant of and focused on the dangers associated with the summer season. Summer should be fun and enjoyable for everyone.
The 101 Critical Days of Summer focuses on travel, fatigue, heat related injuries, water sports, cooking outdoors, alcohol/substance abuse awareness, camping and seatbelt use. Privately owned vehicle (POV) accidents continue to be the highest threat during any holiday season. This threat is magnified during the summer season when motorcycle accidents are incorporated.
If we all take a pledge for zero tolerance of risky behavior we can achieve our goal of an accident/injury free summer. So remember, don't drink and drive, adhere to the speed limits, get plenty of sleep and take scheduled rest breaks when traveling. Motorcyclists should attend a motorcycle safety course and use proper personal protective equipment.