An Army National Guard Blackhawk Helicopter landed at the Nevada County airport this afternoon on a special mission, but instead of fighting fires, performing a rescue or medical evacuation, the members of C-Company out of Reno, Nevada were here to pick up hand-made quilts. They were made by local ladies Githa Navo, her sister Ina Gibson and friend Phyllis Brodie, for the members of the unit to take with them on their next deployment to Afghanistan in March. Githa Navo got to know some of the members of the Reno National Guard when she and her husband would work as pyline judges during the Reno Air Races, and the National Guard was on call.
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The first two years the ladies made small quilts with prayers on them for the service men to put inside their kevlar vests. Last year when the Chinook Unit was deployed to the war, they made 72 full size quilts, one for each guardsman. and this year when they found out 44 members of the Reno Blackhawk Medivac unit were being deployed, they got their sewing machines busy again.
Chief Warrant Officer and Blackhawk pilot, Kyle O’ Connel says they really appreciate having a little piece of home to take with them.*
The Blackhawk helicopter was on it’s way from Sacramento to Reno and was able to make the special stop in Nevada County this afternoon.