The U.S. Army is preparing to send its first deployment of Boeing AH-64E Apaches to Afghanistan 2014. The first of two units thus far to form for the new model attack helicopter — the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington — will deploy to Afghanistan in the summer of 2014, says Col. Jeff Hager, U.S. Army project manager for the Apache program. Speaking to journalists Aug. 8 following a ceremony marking mission flight hours for the ...

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