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Malmstrom helicopter squadron helps with search and rescue missions

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The 40th Helicopter Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base is a vital asset the the mission.

The squadron main mission is to provide security for Malmstrom's nuclear assets on the largest missile complex in the United States.

"Our first mission here is to protect and oversee the ICBM's. We will do random security presents, responded to any emergency response and also be over head for the convoy mission," Staff Sergeant Matthew Tidball said. 

The 40th Helicopter Squadron secondary mission is search and rescue. They are the only type of helicopter that has the host capitulates on this side of the Rocky Mountains. 

"I am the host operate so i am the person that is going to put the flight doctor on the ground. I am going to pick up the survivor. i am going to get every one secure in the back, well the pilots hold he hover. They calculate to get us into a safe resume on flight," Tidball said. 

They spend a lot of time flying through the mountains. They even scout possible landing sites for feature rescues. 

"We utilize our host and practice our hovering. Especially for our doctors and our flight engineers,  multiplying our host equipment like the stocks litter. It is basically a back board for  patients. Just practicing that out in the complex," Captain Matthew Thompson said. 

"Part of our security mission is causality evacuation. We basically have a plan in place if something were to happen. Some of the birds that would be leaving out of here, if the hostiles are over, they will be going configured evacuate causalities," Thompson said. 

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