The group includes members from across the state. It was charged with flying CH-47 Chinook helicopters for heavy cargo transport and air assaults. The soldiers were also responsible for re-supply operations and aviation maintenance support. The unit flew more than 31-hundred combat hours, moving more than 14-thousand people and three million pounds of cargo during its rotation.
Soldiers will be presented with encased American flags, commemorative coins, certificates of appreciation and lapel pins. Soldiers’ families will also be recognized. The Freedom Salute campaign ceremony takes place at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Peoria.