Columbia’s capabilities in passenger support, construction and logistics are rapidly cumulating recognition in support of military operations.
The company deployed five aircraft and crews to Afghanistan in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Four Vertol 107-II and one Model 234 Chinook helicopters were converted and certified for passenger and cargo capabilities, and the company underwent the Cargo Airlift Review Board (CARB) certification process. Upon the successful completion of this process, Columbia bid on, and received, contracts from the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) to support military operations in Afghanistan.
Beginning in July 2011, Columbia field managers and crews have distinguished themselves in providing safe, professional helicopter services to US and NATO forces in Afghanistan at an operating tempo that exceeds historic expectations. Missions are non-tactical in nature and include personnel transport, mail and both internal and external cargo loads. The US military is so pleased by Columbia’s pilot expertise with DVOC and external load management that they have dubbed it “L2P2”, (long line precision placement).
Columbia’s experience with moving cargo and passengers also frees up military aircraft for more vital missions. The company’s skill at installing power line and communication towers provide additional mission versatility in theater.
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