Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters make precautionary landing at Wautoma airport

During a widespread severe weather event in central Wisconsin west of Oshkosh on Aug. 28, two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment (Army National Guard) at Shelbyville, IN elected to make a precautionary landing at the Wautoma airport.  On a training mission to the Twin Cities, the crews decided to land and wait out the storm front.  Larry Stencel, a local pilot, heard their out of the ordinary calls on his home radio and drove to the unattended airport to see if they needed help and to open the airport up for them.  Leaving an hour later, weather forced them to turn back to RON at Wautoma.  After then arranging for security for the helicopters, he saw to it that the crews were transported to lodging and dinner.  The appreciative crews were able to depart the next day.