Veteran's Day Exhibit at Wright Brothers NMem Features NC Blackhawk helicopter crewman

NC crewmen in Iraq

Shown left to right:  Air crewman Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tim Hughes, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mark Gottholm, 1 st  Sergeant Gary Hamm and Staff Sergeant Brian Calloway.


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News Release Date: November 9, 2009
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111, ext. 148

In 2004, eight North Carolina Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter units served in the Iraq war with the distinction of being the first North Carolina Blackhawk crewmen to serve.  Inspired by the Wright Brothers National Memorial theme of “First in Flight” Major Brian Pierce instructed his crewmen to paint a graphic of the Wright flyer along with the words “First in Flight” on the engine cowling of their helicopters.  The crewmen flew the Blackhawks and also created and wore “Wright Flyer” patches with pride during their overseas deployment.  In addition, the crewman helped to build a two-story recreation center which they named “OBX.”  A temporary exhibit of their photographs will be on display beginning Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2009, a "fee free" day for everyone, at the Wright Brothers Pavilion.  

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