Fighting Eagles deliver legacy to Fort Carson
January 29, 2013
FORT RILEY, Kan. (Jan. 29, 2013) -- The Army's newest Combat Aviation Brigade moved one step closer to being a fully equipped and manned formation Jan. 28 thanks to the Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division's Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade.
Flight crews from the Fort Riley-based combat aviation brigade, or CAB, transferred three CH-47D Chinook helicopters from the northeast Kansas post to Fort Carson, Colo., the home of the 4th Infantry Division's new aviation brigade.
The movement of aircraft was the second in a series of transfers from the 1st CAB to 4th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of an effort to establish a full aircraft fleet at the Rocky Mountain Army installation.
"Right now it's time to give these aircraft to a different unit so they can use them, fly them, train on them and prepare for combat," said Lt. Col. Brian Hughes, the commander of 2-1 GSAB and a Chinook pilot. "What we give them is populating their fleet. It offers them the ability to train on the legacy platform before they get their F Models."
The 4th CAB is scheduled to receive all of the D Model Chinook helicopters from 1st CAB. Some of the aircraft being given to Fort Carson are original 1st CAB aircraft from the time the unit was established and moved from Germany, Hughes said.
Sgt. Jeremy Ganz, a flight engineer with Company B, 2-1 GSAB, said that in addition to receiving a full fleet of aircraft, 4th CAB will also be receiving the benefit of experience.
"They'll know first-hand what needs to be done and what has been done so they're not given any kind of surprises," Ganz said.
First CAB Soldiers have been maintaining the D Model Chinooks through a high-paced operations tempo over the past two years, which included several CTC rotations, pilot and crew chief training, as well as support to a wide variety of 1st Inf. Div. operations. Through all of these operations, the aircraft have remained mission worthy.
"Being able to send these over there knowing full well that they're mission capable at all times is a tremendous compliment to the maintainers and to the crews that have worked on these constantly for the last several years," Ganz said.
Hughes praised his Soldiers who have worked day in and day out to ensure the 4th CAB's new aircraft are in top condition.
"The single biggest asset that we have within the 1st CAB, and really within Army Aviation, are the young wrench-turners, the mechanics," Hughes said. "The fact that we have young kids out here making them last that long is a tribute to the American Soldier."