Brief homecoming on Blackhawk

”Out here, I brought Jared out for his very first flight,” said Mary Thompson of Durango before greeting her son, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4, Jared Thompson, after he and a crew landed at the Durango-La Plata County Airport Saturday afternoon aboard a Sikorsky HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. Thompson, who serves with the 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment out of Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, was in town briefly for a fuel stop before flying to the High Altitude ARNG Aviation Training Site in Gypsum. Thompson was 18 when his mother arranged his first flight at the Durango-La Plata County Airport, Mary Thompson said. Enlarge photo

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”Out here, I brought Jared out for his very first flight,” said Mary Thompson of Durango before greeting her son, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4, Jared Thompson, after he and a crew landed at the Durango-La Plata County Airport Saturday afternoon aboard a Sikorsky HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. Thompson, who serves with the 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment out of Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, was in town briefly for a fuel stop before flying to the High Altitude ARNG Aviation Training Site in Gypsum. Thompson was 18 when his mother arranged his first flight at the Durango-La Plata County Airport, Mary Thompson said.

“Yeah, it’s definitely a Blackhawk,” says Shelby Zuber (with binoculars) as her uncle, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jared Thompson lands at the Durango-La Plata County Airport aboard a Blackhawk helicopter. Shelby is the daughter of Banden and Trish Zuber. Also there to greet Thompson were Ryne Neiman, 4, left, Adde Neiman, 6, center left, and in-laws Jodi and Joe Zuber. Ryne and Adde are the daughters of family friends Dusty and Steffi Neiman. Enlarge photo

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“Yeah, it’s definitely a Blackhawk,” says Shelby Zuber (with binoculars) as her uncle, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jared Thompson lands at the Durango-La Plata County Airport aboard a Blackhawk helicopter. Shelby is the daughter of Banden and Trish Zuber. Also there to greet Thompson were Ryne Neiman, 4, left, Adde Neiman, 6, center left, and in-laws Jodi and Joe Zuber. Ryne and Adde are the daughters of family friends Dusty and Steffi Neiman.

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