Army CH-47s touch down on Boulder Field

Bret Belden

By Tom Spencer, Content Editor

With a thunderous roar of rotors a helicopter appeared on the horizon of the University New Hampshire campus. The grass on Boulder Field flattened under wind pressure from the blades as the CH-47 Chinook touched down, allowing members of the Wildcat Battalion to disembark.

The Wildcat Battalion, which is the University of New Hampshire’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) embarked on an annual joint training exercise at Camp Curtis Guild in Massachusetts together with battalions from Boston University and Northeastern University.

The battalion departed from Boulder Field at 2 p.m. on Friday. There were 300 attendants from the combined schools, according to ROTC cadet Kurt Ferrell.

The cadets left UNH by bus, but returned on Sunday on a much different vehicle: a dual rotor jet engine cargo helicopters.

The first helicopter landed at about 3:30 p.m. followed by a second that landed at 5 p.m.

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