The U.S. Air Force’s 58th Operations Group (58 OG) activated a new detachment, the 58th Operations Group Detachment Two, at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico on Aug. 23 for training on the Air Force’s new HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH).
U.S. Air Force Colonel Richard Carrell, 58th Operations Group commander, presided over the ceremony where Lt. Col. Brian R. Dicks assumed command of the detachment.
“The mission of this detachment is straight forward,” said Carrell. “Prepare the wing to start formal training on the HH-60W, no later than March of 2021.”
The detachment will be responsible for validating training, ensuring appropriate facilities and equipment are available and standing up formal training for the rotary-wing personnel recovery platform for the new HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter. March of 2021 is the goal set by the wing to be ready for the beginning of formal training on the HH-60W.
The 58 OG is the operational flying component of the USAF 58th Special Operations Wing (58 SOW). The 58 OG trains mission-ready special operations, combat search and rescue (CSAR) and airlift aircrews in the UH-1H/N, HH-60G, HC-130N/P, MC-130P, MC-130H, CV-22 and corresponding simulators; provides Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training-Helicopter; conducts special operations and CSAR intelligence training; respond to contingencies and humanitarian missions.