10th Mountain Division and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Ninth District sign a memorandum of understanding for search and rescue helicopter assistance

News release

FORT DRUM, NY – The agreement will allow the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade to support the Coast Guard with overwater search efforts in the North Country. The two U.S. Coast Guard stations in proximity to FDNY, located in Alexandria Bay and Oswego, provide search and rescue capabilities.

HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from Charlie Company DUSTOFF, 3rd Battalion (General Support), 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, will be able to assist in Search and Rescue operations by utilizing installed forward looking infrared (FLIR) systems to locate missing persons/vessels and relay this vital location information to U.S. Coast Guard personnel.

“Fort Drum’s location provides the potential for timelier rescue efforts and enhances the training and readiness of both organizations,” said Col. Travis L. McIntosh, Commander, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. “We are excited to partner with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Ninth District to be able to support the North Country that has supported us so well over the years”