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National Guard thanks employers of ‘citizen soldiers’ with helicopter rides

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies along the Orange County coast Friday during the California National Guard’s annual Boss Lift event. The military reserve force provided free rides to about 80 employers of National Guard soldiers as a thank you for giving them time off work to train and deploy overseas. (Drew A. Kelley)
About 80 employers of National Guard soldiers admire a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter before going on a ride in one during the California National Guard’s annual Boss Lift event on Friday. (Drew A. Kelley)
Flight instructor Bryan Salazar goes over the safety precautions for riding aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during the California National Guard’s annual Boss Lift event Friday. (Drew A. Kelley)
James Walker of Mission Viejo attaches his buckle prior to flying aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Friday. (Drew A. Kelley)
A Black Hawk takes off from Joint Forces Training Base — Los Alamitos, carrying employers of National Guardsmen to thank them for giving the soldiers time off work to train. (Drew A. Kelley)
From left, Chris Lee, Tyrone Anderson and Wesley Davis ride aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during the California National Guard’s annual Boss Lift event. (Drew A. Kelley)
David Bennett of Corona is all smiles after riding in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Friday. (Drew A. Kelley)
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