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Posted: 6/26/2001 4:58:18 AM EST
LA Times http://www.latimes.com/wires/20010626/tCB00a3595.html Tuesday, June 26, 2001 Pentagon Sent Black Hawk Helicopters to Movie Set Reuters WASHINGTON--The Defense Department sent four Black Hawk helicopters and about 35 members of the elite Army Rangers to Morocco for the filming of the movie "Black Hawk Down," a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday. In total about 100 military personnel were deployed rotationally from early April until early June to participate in the filming of the movie, which depicts the chaos in Somalia in 1993. The full cost of the military deployment, except salaries, estimated at $3 million will be reimbursed by the production company, Marine Lt. Col. David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said. Revolution Studios, which is making the movie, was formed by former Walt Disney Studios Chairman Joe Roth after he left the entertainment giant in January 2000. The film stars Josh Hartnett of "Pearl Harbor," Tom Sizemore, Ewan McGregor, Ron Eldard and Jeremy Piven and is being directed by Ridley Scott, according to the Internet Movie Data Base. "We provide support based on what we perceive to be the value in the end," Lapan said. "In this case obviously everybody knows the negative outcome of Mogadishu but anybody who read 'Black Hawk Down' knows there was some heroic and courageous stuff that happened," he said. In October 1993 18 U.S. soldiers who were part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Somalia were killed in battles with rebels during attempts to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farah Aideed. An actual deployment order was given to the military personnel participating in the filming, most from Fort Bragg in North Carolina, because there were not any U.S. troops stationed in the area, Lapan said. Copyright 2001 Los Angeles Times
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 5:14:44 AM EST
This is old news. The 160th sent Blackhawks and Little Birds and they're already back home. Pretty much a non-event if you ask me. I just hope the movie does TFR justice. -SARguy
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