Restructuring Army Aviation
What is it? Army aviation is transforming and modernizing to improve capabilities to meet current and future full-spectrum aviation requirements. The Aviation Transformation Plan, nested in the Army Campaign Plan, was developed based on a full Doctrine, Organization, Training, Leadership and Education, Materiel, Personnel, and Facilities (DOTLM-PF) analysis that included the integration of lessons learned from recent operations. The Plan restructures Army Aviation warfighting units (active and reserve components) into Combat Aviation Brigades (CABs) ensuring the aviation units are modular, capable, lethal, tailorable and sustainable.
What has the Army done? Army Aviation continues to capitalize on the reinvestment of Comanche dollars into modernizing the fleet and improving capability; and with continued congressional support the Army maintains the disciplined rapid acquisition for aviation new starts with great success. This reinvestment of Comanche dollars has allowed the Army to select a Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH), the Extended Range Multi-Purpose (ER/MP) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), and to soon select the Future Cargo Aircraft/Joint Cargo Aircraft (FCA/JCA) materiel solution. It has delivered the UH-60M and CH-47F and established programs of record for the AH-64D Longbow Block III, and the Small Unmanned Air Vehicle (SUAV). The success of these programs, to include Flight School XXI and the training base is due to the continuing support and synchronization of efforts from the United States Congress, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Army/Industry teaming to meet schedule and fielding in support of the warfighter.
Army aviation has completed the conversion of all 19 of its Combat Aviation Brigades at the division level; the end-state is 11 Active Component CABs and 8 Reserve Component CABs. We are fielding a Brigade Aviation Element (BAE) in every Brigade Combat Team (BCT) and a BAE(-) in each Stryker BCT and Fires Brigade and converting four Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot (AVCRAD) to the Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group (TASM-G). Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) conducted a massive revision of all the Aviation base field manuals (FMs) and will fully integrate Flight School XXI for all Initial Entry Rotary Wing students to include Dunker and Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape level C (SERE-C) prior to beginning basic flight training by January 2007.
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