Afghanistan Deployment 11/2008- 11/2009
In January, 2010, Colonel Ron Lewis, former Commander of 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and Shek Hong re-united at the Association of the United States Army Aviation 2010 Symposium in Washington, D.C. The 159th CAB was the first unit to fly the new UH-60M, equipped with Hontek-coated main rotor blades. After 31,000 flight hours in Afghanistan with 30 UH-60M and 20 UH-60A/L, the unit achieved zero main rotor blade replacement, a new historical record. In comparison, prior year deployment of another unit experienced 26% blade replacement rate without Hontek-coated blades.