Originally published by Spirit of 12 on December 5, 2011
The Spirit of 12 is proudly on display in Kuwait, as members of the Washington Army National Guard pose with the Seahawks 12 flag. Approximately 180 Washington Army National Guard aviators, support personnel and staff comprise the deploying force of the 1/168 General Support Aviation Battalion ("Raptor Battalion") serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
Their mission focuses on the synchronization of aviation assets, senior leader movement and general support missions in the Theater. The Raptor Battalion flies and maintains UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.
They should be arriving home sometime this winter.
Photos courtesy Gary Lott.