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HH-60G Pave Hawk makes debut at 344th Training Squadron

Helicopter lands.

An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, lands at the grounds of the 344th Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, July 26, 2021. The HH-60G will serve as a training aid for career enlisted aviators, providing technical training students with opportunities to learn through hands-on instruction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jason Wilkinson)

Crew stands in front of helicopter they've delivered.

The flight crew from the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, stand in front of the HH-60G Pave Hawk they delivered at the 344th Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, July 26, 2021. From left are: Flight Engineer Steve Burt, Pilot Dave Breun, Crew Chief Larry Reynolds, and Pilot Greg Laird. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jason Wilkinson)

Students tour HH-60G Pave Hawk

Students and instructors tour an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, July 26, 2021. The Pave Hawk will serve as a training aid for career enlisted aviators, providing technical training students with opportunities to learn through hands-on instruction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jason Wilkinson)

IAAFA instructors work on helicopter

IAAFA instructors disable the an HH-60B Pave Hawk helicopter, preparing it for permanent placement on the grounds of the 344th Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, July 27, 2021. The HH-60G will serve as a training aid for career enlisted aviators, providing technical training students with opportunities to learn through hands-on instruction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Liscomb)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – An HH-60G Pave Hawk landed at its new home July 26 on the grounds of the 344th Training Squadron, Career Enlisted Aviator Center of Excellence.

The aircraft flew its last trip from the 512th Rescue Squadron, part of the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Students, instructors, and guests gathered to welcome the helicopter and the team on board.  

Though retired from service, the HH-60G will serve as a training aid to career enlisted aviators, providing technical training students with opportunities to learn through hands-on instruction.

“The addition of a HH-60G brings the CEA COE up-to-date with aircraft systems. While the airframe is being retired, the rotor system, engine, airframe, navigation, and munitions systems are relevant to today’s flying force,” said Master Sgt. Thomas Liscomb, 344th TRS and COE instructor.

Instructors from the Inter-American Air Forces Academy were on site to prepare the aircraft for permanent placement within the 344th TRS hangar. With over 2,000 students projected to graduate from the COE, students now have the ability to train with a larger inventory.

 “While not every student will occupy a crew position on a helicopter, all cross the threshold day one into that hangar and will now feel an even greater emotional weight and significance about their decision to volunteer as career enlisted aviators,” Liscomb added.