New Greenville support facility will help train SC Guard in helicopter maintenance

02/18/2014 2:38 PM

02/18/2014 2:39 PM

The S.C. National Guard on Wednesday will open the new Army Aviation Support Facility at the S.C. Aviation and Technology Center in Greenville.

The 110,000-square-foot administration and maintenance hangar will house CH-47D/F Chinook and UH-72A Lakota helicopters. It will be manned by 75 full-time Guard soldiers and 200 traditional Guard members.

The S.C. Guard, in partnership with Greenville Technical College, will train and certify Army National Guard helicopter maintenance personnel as Federal Aviation Administration-certified air frame and power plant technicians. Once established, the training partnership will be marketed to the National Guard Bureau as a consolidated regional training center.

“Greenville Tech is proud to partner with the South Carolina National Guard through a comprehensive training venture that will improve force readiness,” Keith Miller, president of Greenville Technical College, said in a press release.

Maj. Gen. Lester Eisner, Deputy Adjutant General of South Carolina, in a press release called the new facility “truly a big deal for South Carolina” and “an economic enabler.”

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