Airmen with the 36th Rescue Flight, a UH-1N helicopter unit at Fairchild AFB, Wash., last week saved six people and a dog during two separate operations in northern Idaho. Unexpected snowfall, up to three feet deep in some places, stranded a father and daughter as well as four campers among the 7,000-foot peaks in that area. A five-person UH-1N crew recovered the father and daughter near St. Maries, Idaho, on Oct. 28. On their way back to Fairchild, the call came about the missing campers outside of Lewiston, Idaho. The crew found the four campers and evacuated them. A second UH-1N from Fairchild retrieved the campers’ dog. Maj. John Beurer, flight commander, praised his airmen, saying: “Their professionalism and dedication to the mission saved lives and reunited families today.” (Fairchild report by SSgt. J.G. Buzanowski)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.