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Dale County OH-58A ALEA21

By CHRIS DILLEY, Senior Correspondent | January 18, 2022 | ALABAMA

Story No. 012622105

The Dale County Sheriff’s Office operates a 1972 OH-58A Kiowa that was formerly operated by the United States Army 72-21403 as N268DC with the callsign of ALEA21. ALEA21 is equipped with a FLIR, 15-million candlepower searchlight, a microwave downlink system and multi band public safety radio system. It is NVG compliant and has Aspen Avionics EFD1000H Pro Primary Flight Display and an EFD1000H Multi-Function Display.
This aircraft was acquired through the LESO/1033 Program which authorizes the Department of Defense to transfer excess military property to state and local law enforcement agencies. The Dale County Sheriff’s Office Aviation program is staffed with volunteer mechanics and pilots. The aircraft is operated with a crew of two, consisting of a pilot and a tactical flight officer.
In addition to serving the citizens of Dale County, this aircraft is also part of the Wiregrass Aviation Support Program (WASP). WASP was founded in 2001 and provides aviation assistance to Houston County Sheriff's Office, Dothan Police Department, Enterprise Police Department and the Ozark Police Department. While this aircraft is configured for law enforcement work, it has provided assistance to several local area fire and EMS agencies. This aircraft still serves the United States Army by providing Protective and Search & Rescue services to Fort Rucker, the home of Army Aviation.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.