• A CH-47 Chinook helicopter approaches its final parking spot on Fort Riley's Marshal Army Airfield, May 3. The helicopters of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division have slowly begun to repopulate the airfield this week, following a year in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, CAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

    Helicopters return from Iraq

    A CH-47 Chinook helicopter approaches its final parking spot on Fort Riley's Marshal Army Airfield, May 3. The helicopters of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division have slowly begun to repopulate the airfield this week, following a year in...

  • A CH-47 Chinook helicopter makes a landing on Fort Riley's Marshall Army Airfield, May 3. This and dozens more helicopters from the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division have made their return to Fort Riley this week after a year in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, CAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

    Helicopters return from Iraq

    A CH-47 Chinook helicopter makes a landing on Fort Riley's Marshall Army Airfield, May 3. This and dozens more helicopters from the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division have made their return to Fort Riley this week after a year in Iraq...

  • Black Hawk crew chiefs with Fort Riley's Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division carry gear from their aircraft, April 27. The brigade's aircraft are returning to Fort Riley this week after a year in Iraq.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, CAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

    Helicopters return from Iraq

    Black Hawk crew chiefs with Fort Riley's Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division carry gear from their aircraft, April 27. The brigade's aircraft are returning to Fort Riley this week after a year in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale...

  • Soldiers with Fort Riley's Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division unload a Black Hawk helicopter on Marshall Army Airfield, April 27. Following a year in Iraq, the brigade's aircraft are returning to the airfield this week. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, CAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

    Helicopters return from Iraq

    Soldiers with Fort Riley's Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division unload a Black Hawk helicopter on Marshall Army Airfield, April 27. Following a year in Iraq, the brigade's aircraft are returning to the airfield this week. (U.S. Army photo by...

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Finished with a year's work in Iraq, Fort Riley's helicopters are home.

Soldiers of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division returned from a year-long deployment this March, and the last of their helicopters will be returned to post this week.

Coming home several months behind most of the brigade's troops, its fleet of helicopters faced a lengthy journey by boat from Kuwait to Texas, where they were rebuilt and flown to Fort Riley.

The brigade still has a number of aircraft in reset facilities across the country, where they will undergo thorough maintenance.

The aircraft were pushed to their limit in Iraq, where the unit served as the Army's only aviation brigade supporting Operation New Dawn. Their responsibilities spanning to every corner of the country, the brigade's aircraft racked up more than 130,000 flight hours.

The Flint Hills area will see the brigade flying overhead again soon, as it gradually resumes its regular training cycle later this month.

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