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1-244 Air Helicopter Battalion ( part of the 34th Air Brigade) is made up of companies from the Louisiana and Florida National guards. They conduct air assault and air movement operation including acting as a taxi service around Baghdad flying a ring around the bases before returning to their hub in Balad. It cost $6000 an hour to operate a blackhawk, so it isn't the most cost effective way to get around but it is the safest.
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Louisiana National Guard in Iraq
1-244 Air Helicopter Battalion ( part of the 34th Air Brigade) is made up of companies from the Louisiana and Florida National guards. They conduct air assault and air movement operation including acting as a taxi service around  Baghdad flying a ring around the bases before returning to their hub in Balad.  It cost $6000 an hour to operate a blackhawk, so it isn't the most cost effective way to get around but it is the safest.