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South Carolina Army National Guard commander honors Apache unit for winning competition


COLUMBIA, South Carolina — The commander of the South Carolina National Guard is commending pilots and crews of its Apache helicopter unit for winning a seven-state "gunfighter" competition.

Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston is recognizing on Friday members of the 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, which earned the highest score in the four-day competition held last week in Arizona.

Guard spokesman Capt. Brian Hare says Guard units also came from Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Utah.

It was the first time such a competition was held, and was held to hone participants' war-fighting skills. The contests included crew challenges, gunnery skills tests and live-fire competitions.

The recognition event Is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Guard's Adjutant General building in Columbia.

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