Three Chinook helicopters from Northern Nevada were shot down in Afghanistan by enemy fire. One was destroyed, but all the crew members Nevada residents survived.
Nevada's Company D, 113th Aviation Regiment, based at Stead, was on a combat mission in Afghanistan last weekend.
In Afghanistan, three of the big helicopters came under enemy fire last weekend.
One made it back to its base; one was damaged badly enough to force a "precautionary" landing.
And the third caught fire.
The crew had to make a full emergency landing, sacrificing the helicopter to save the troops and crew on board.
No serious injuries--in fact, the Guardsmen are back flying missions again.
The bad news: Our state has lost one of its most reliable aerial tools.