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Carroll College gets visit from Montana National Guard helicopter

Carroll National Guard Helicopter
Carroll National Guard Helicopter
Carroll National Guard Helicopter
Carroll National Guard Helicopter
Carroll National Guard Helicopter
Posted at 1:13 PM, Oct 07, 2022

HELENA — The Carroll College campus got a special visit Friday, as a Chinook helicopter from the Montana National Guard’s aviation unit in Helena landed on a practice field.

The helicopter was there to carry 22 Carroll ROTC cadets to the Lubrecht Experimental Forest, near Greenough, for three days of infantry training, land navigation and other exercises.

Carroll National Guard Helicopter
A Chinook helicopter from the Montana National Guard landed on the Carroll College campus to pick up ROTC cadets for exercises in the Lubrecht Experimental Forest, Oct. 7, 2022.

Maj. Ryan Finnegan, the Guard’s state public affairs officer, said cadets typically drive to this type of exercise, but in this case, it worked out to fly them. He said they decided to leave the helicopter on campus for about an hour to give the Carroll community a chance to take pictures and get an up-close look.

The Guard also sent a helicopter to Missoula to pick up cadets from the University of Montana for the event.