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On June 14, the Alaska National Groundsmen flying on a Blackhawk helicopter discovered a debris of an aircraft inside Colony glacier during a routine flight. The glacier is located 40 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska. Now, military investigators found that the wreckage from the plane found at the site correlates with the military plane crash in 1950s.
On November 22, 1952, an Air Force C-124A Globemaster crashed on Mount Gannett, killing all 52 people on board. The flight came from the McChord Air Force Base in Washington State. It was the third Air Force transport plane to crash or go missing in Alaska that month, and the sixth in the Pacific Rim. After the crash, military teams tried to go to the site, but bad weather always got in the way until it got buried in the snow and became part of the glacier.
The Alaska National Groundsmen recovered a life support system and bones from the glacier. Only the tail and flippers of the aircraft are intact, but the tail number will be enough to confirm an identification. DNA matching with the living relatives of those on board can take up to six years. Because of this, military officials are still not counting out other possibilities until further investigation is conducted.
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Fort Carson is gearing up to build a $773 million construction project to house the new combat aviation brigade. This move is planned, despite the Pentagon’s effort to limit the military budget. However, this project will surely boost the local economy by providing jobs and revenue to Colorado.
“By the skin of our teeth, the combat aviation brigade is coming to Fort Carson,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the post’s commanding general.
A heavy combat aviation brigade is coming to Fort Carson and units will start to arrive in January 2013. The first batch of helicopters will include a dozen of CH-47 Chinooks. The whole brigade will be an assortment of AH-64 Apache helicopters, UH-60 Blackhawk transports and HH-60 Blackhawks. The brigade is expected to be fully operational by 2015.
Bids for the brigade’s headquarters will be opened next week, while the bid for the airport hangar had started earlier this year.
This early, Fort Carson had contributed $2 billion dollars into the region’s economy and the arrival of the aviation brigade will beef it up even more. Construction of facilities is estimated to add $1.3 billion to the local economy. It will also create more than 13,000 jobs.
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