SD National Guard helicopter, crew depart for Southwest border

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A South Dakota Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter and crew departed for Arizona this week to provide aerial detection and monitoring for U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the Southwest border.

The Soldiers will work with the Arizona National Guard, in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel, to bring additional air reconnaissance capability and capacity to enhance CBP's border security operations. The four-person crew of pilots and an analyst is expected to support the mission for up to 90 days.

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