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Black Hawk up

By Staff | Aug 1, 2014

Six Rugby area residents toured a military base mid-July, and got to take a ride on a famous type of aircraft.

Mayor Arland Geiszler, former mayor David Cichos, Terry Wentz, Greg Johnson, Rusty Gebhardt and Jon Stork toured Camp Grafton July 17. They toured as part of a “boss lift” program; a program where the Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve gives employers an opportunity to see military installations and observe reserve and National Guard members in training exercises.

According to information from ESGR’s website, boss lift programs also offer participants a chance to share concerns and benefits of having employees who are Guard and reserve members. Participants are also encouraged to offer ideas for improving the employer/employee relationship with regards to military service.

“We really thank the employers from all over for the support they give us and Guard members themselves,” said Cichos, who served in the National Guard for 42 years. “With the last few years and all the call ups I realize it’s been hard on the employees but everything seems to work out well with Guard members and employers.”

The highlight of the boss lift was riding in a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Bismarck. The Rugby group also got to simulate firing weapons used by soldiers.

“The tour, more or less, it was great, I think everybody enjoyed it,” Cichos said.

The Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine helicopter that was introduced into service in 1979. It was featured prominently in the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia and in the 2001 film “Black Hawk Down”.

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