• Sgt. AJ Billups, an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter systems repairer with Troop D, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, links together belts of .50-caliber bullets and loads them into the ammunition can on an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter during Forward Arming and Refueling Point operations on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 1.

    Armament Dawgs

    Sgt. AJ Billups, an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter systems repairer with Troop D, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, links together belts of .50-caliber bullets and loads them into the ammunition can on an OH-58D Kiowa...

  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Miguel Valdez, right, a flight medic with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, instructs on what some signs to watch for while assessing a patient to Afghan soldier Kushmal Muslimyar, a flight medic with the Kandahar Air Wing, during a training session at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 19, 2012.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Afghan flight medic training

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Miguel Valdez, right, a flight medic with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, instructs on what some signs to watch for while assessing a patient to Afghan soldier Kushmal...

  • Spc. Jessie Mullally, Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, originally from Frostproof, Fla., ties down a UH-60 Black Hawk MEDEVAC helicopter from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment of the Minnesota National Guard, in a C-17 Globemaster III to be transported to Forward Operating Base Shindad, Afghanistan, on Kandahar Airfield, Sept. 24.

    209th transload operations

    Spc. Jessie Mullally, Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, originally from Frostproof, Fla., ties down a UH-60 Black Hawk MEDEVAC helicopter from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment of the Minnesota...

  • Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Storm, currently attached to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, use teamwork to hook up a nozzle to a fuel hose during an exercise to set up a Jump Forward Arming and Refueling Point on Forward Operating Base Shindand, Afghanistan, Oct. 3.

    Jump FARP training

    Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Storm, currently attached to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, use teamwork to hook up a nozzle to a fuel hose during an exercise to set up a Jump Forward Arming and Refueling Point on...

  • Lt. Col. Kevin D. McCarley, commander,83rd Ordnance Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Lenard D. Pitts, CSM 83rd Ordnance Battalion case their colors during an Inactivation Ceremony at the Kure Ammunition Depot on June 26th.

    After serving 66 years 83rd Ordnance Battalion cases its colors

    Lt. Col. Kevin D. McCarley, commander,83rd Ordnance Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Lenard D. Pitts, CSM 83rd Ordnance Battalion case their colors during an Inactivation Ceremony at the Kure Ammunition Depot on June 26th.

  • Lt. Col. Kevin D. McCarley, commander,83rd Ordnance Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Lenard D. Pitts, CSM 83rd Ordnance Battalion case their colors during an Inactivation Ceremony at the Kure Ammunition Depot on June 26th.

    After serving 66 years 83rd Ordnance Battalion cases its colors

    Lt. Col. Kevin D. McCarley, commander,83rd Ordnance Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Lenard D. Pitts, CSM 83rd Ordnance Battalion case their colors during an Inactivation Ceremony at the Kure Ammunition Depot on June 26th.

  • Soldiers from the 83rd Ordnance Battalion Command salute the Japanese and American flags during the 83rd Ordnance Battalion Inactivation Ceremony at the Kure Ammunition Depot on June 26th.

    After serving 66 years 83rd Ordnance Battalion cases its colors

    Soldiers from the 83rd Ordnance Battalion Command salute the Japanese and American flags during the 83rd Ordnance Battalion Inactivation Ceremony at the Kure Ammunition Depot on June 26th.

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade was awarded the Army Aviation Association of American Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year Award at the 2013 AAAA Annual Professional Forum in Fort Worth, Texas on April 11.

The Brigade's primary mission was to conduct full spectrum aviation operations, to defeat the insurgency, support and improve governance and development. Their efforts secured the Afghan people setting conditions for sustainable peace.

The Brigade's fighting force consisted of more than 2,300 soldiers and equipment including OH-58D Kiowa Warriors, UH-60 Black Hawks, and CH-47 Chinook helicopters from WAAF and AH-64 Apache helicopters from Fort Carson, Colo.

The Brigade moved more than 100,000 passengers and 15.3 million pounds of cargo across the battlefield in approximately 139,000 combat flight hours. The CAB was spread out across more than 25 forward operating bases, with its Brigade headquarters located on Kandahar Air Field and three task force Headquarters at FOBs Wolverine, Tarin Kowt and Shindand.

Soldiers and units of the brigade had received several awards leading up to this accomplishment to include the Henry Q Dunn Crew Chief of the Year Award, Rodney J.T. Yano Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award, Medicine Award, DUSTOFF Medic of the Year Award, Aircraft Survivability Equipment Award and the 2012 Avionics Award.

The 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th CAB was the recipient of the Lt. Gen. Ellis D. Parker Award for outstanding support to the CAB. The Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation recognized Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joe Roland, 25th CAB Standardization Officer, as the Army's most decorated Black Hawk pilot.

Colonel Frank Tate, 25th CAB Commander, attributes the success of the CAB's mission in Afghanistan to each individual Soldier's hard work and dedication to accomplishing the mission.

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