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40th Helicopter Squadron Reaches 400 Saves

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The 40th Helicopter Squadron has been serving the state of Montana since it was reactivated as a full program in December 1973. First Lieutenant William Lynn hasn't been on the 40th Helicopter Squadron at Malmstrom air force base for very long, but already he's glad to be a part of the team.

"Just over a year now myself and love the heritage love the squadron,"

Recently the first Lt. Lynn and his team were dispatched near Hamilton Montana to rescue a trapped hiker.

"Had a mission request from the Air Force rescue coordination center come down there was an injured down just south of Missoula and we responded to it,"says Lynn.

To Lynn reaching 400 saves is a milestone not just for the 40th, but for all of Malmstrom.

"And like I said being part of 400 is great with the heritage that we have here," adds Lynn.

According to Lt. Col. John Beurer, his unit gets dispatched when Mercy Flight can not find space to land. The reason for this is the 40th is equipped with flir cams for searching and a hoist to lift out those in trouble.

"I mean you hope we never have to go, honestly because that means somebody is hurt or in a bad position, but if somebodies gotta go we're glad to help out," explains Beurer.

Just as the helicopter was returning for their mission in Hamilton they had got word of a traped avalanche victim, so they put back on their gear and headed out on rescue number 401.

"feels absolutely outstanding. you know we're all part of a bigger team and hopefully this 401 goes smooth, don't wanna jinx it. I won't call it that quite yet, but yeah it feels wonderful," says Lynn.

To add to the good news the 40th Helicopter Squadron had a very successful mission as they flew off into big sky country.

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