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U. S. Army Lt. Col. Ernest Irvin, 1-228th Aviation Regiment commander, salutes as a CH-47D Chinook prepares to take off from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras for the last time, May 28, 2014.  Two Chinooks are slated to be replaced with the newer CH-47F model.  One of the helicopterss, affectionately known as "638", is the oldest active Chinook in the U. S. Army's inventory having flown in the Vietnam War.  (Photo by U. S. Air National Guard Capt. Steven Stubbs)
140528-Z-BZ170-004.JPG Photo By: U. S. Air National Guard Capt. Steven Stubbs

U. S. Army Lt. Col. E. J. Irvin, former commander of the 1-228th Aviation Regiment, salutes a CH-47D Chinook and its crew May 28, 2014 as they depart Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras for the last time. The 1-228th was the last active duty unit in the Army to fly these historic behemoths, which began their service during the 1960’s, before transitioning to the newer CH-47F model. (Photo by U. S. Air National Guard Capt. Steven Stubbs)


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