The first of three-dozen upgraded and overhauled OH-58 Kiowa helicopters are scheduled to arrive on the U.S. border with Mexico this month to boost the National Guard’s support to the U.S. Border Patrol in Operation Jump Start, the Army announced in a press release.
The reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters, most of which are from the Vietnam War era, are being refitted at the Mississippi Army National Guard’s 1108th Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot at the Trent Lott National Guard Training Complex near the Gulf of Mexico.
Wow. Three dozen* helicopters. They’re really serious about this border security thing.
Next thing you know, they’ll consider issuing weapons to the troops on the border.
For what it’s worth I still think we should use the US-Mexico border as a training ground for US forces heading to Iraq or Afghanistan (or Somalia or wherever) that will be tasked with patrolling those borders. I know we’ve done a little bit along these lines in the past, but I’m talking about a huge increase.
Win-win. The military gets well-trained border security forces, the US Border Patrol gets a much-needed boost in capability, the National Guard doesn’t have to keep rotating so many troops down there, and we cut down on the number of illegals getting in to the country.