Battalion prepares for big move

In many circumstances, having a stable of helicopters would help with long distance moving. In some situations it just means that there’s more to move. That’s the case with an upcoming move for the 1st Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, as it relocates from Fort Hood, Texas.

More than 400 soldiers and 30 helicopters are making the 2,500 mile move from Fort Hood to Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, according to The Killeen Daily Herald. In preparation for a likely deployment to Afghanistan, the move has a strategic purpose.

“We’re working to acquire high-altitude training areas so [we] don’t have to travel to Fort Bliss in El Paso or Fort Carson [Colo.] to do all the high-mountain training required for a deployment there,” said Col. Rob Dickerson.

Almost three dozen helicopters notwithstanding, the battalion, which has been at Fort Hood since 2005, according to the news source, will have a lot to move. In these situations established military moving services can make a complicated job a lot easier. With uniforms, weapons and personal belongings, long distance moving and storage requires a great deal of planning and coordination, which is particularly crucial in a case like this.