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WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- The Soldiers of 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade received their AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters this week from National Guard units across the country. The airframes are being transferred from the National Guard to the active duty Army as part of the Aviation Restructure Initiative in an effort to cut costs in Army Aviation and to fill the mission capability gap left by the retirement of the OH-58D Kiowa Reconnaissance Helicopter. "The Apaches will primarily be used as a reconnaissance platform," said Maj. Ian H. Benson, Operations Officer, 2-6th Cav. Rgt. "However, with the inherent firepower of the aircraft, Apaches will serve as a combat multiplier to any supported ground force commander." "The Apache provides greater lethality and accuracy with the increased firepower that it provides," said Maj....