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Combat Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division
Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division
"The Wings of the Red Bull"

The Combat Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division supports the 34th Infantry Division and the State of Minnesota by providing aviation assets for both federal and state active duty missions. The Combat Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division is a Minnesota Army National Guard brigade headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota that flies the UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

The Combat Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division was originally organized and Federally recognized on 30 January 1919 in the Minnesota National Guard as Company D, 6th Infantry at St. Paul, Minnesota. It was redesignated on 1 December 1923 as Company D, 206th Infantry, an element of the 34th Division (later redesignated as the 34th Infantry Division). It was subsequently reorganized and redesignated on 1 July 1940 as Battery D, 216th Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft) and on 10 September 1943 as Battery D, 774th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion. It was inactivated on 8 June 1944 at Camp Howze, Texas, and was disbanded entirely on 26 June 1944.

The unit wa reconstituted on 25 August 1945 in the Minnesota National Guard, and subsequently reorganized and redesignated as Battery D, 256th Antiaircraft Artillery, an element of the 47th Infantry Division, at St Paul, Minnesota. The unit was ordered to active duty on 16 January 1951, at St Paul, Minnesota. Battery D, 256th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion was Federally recognized on 16 January 1953 at St. Paul, Minnesota and was released from active duty on 2 December 1954.

The unit was converted, reorganized and redesignated on 22 February 1959 as 47th Aviation Company, an element of the 47th Infantry Division. It was then expanded, reorganized and redesignated on 1 April 1963, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 47th Aviation Battalion.

The 47th Aviation Battalion was reorganized on 30 September 1978 to include units in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. The Aviation Battalion reorganized and was redesignated as the Aviation Brigade, 47th Infantry Division October 1986 with the following units: Headquarters and Headquarters, Aviation Brigade, 47th Infantry Division in St. Paul Minnesota; the 216th Aviation Company (Air Assault) in St. Paul Minnesota; Company E in St Paul, Minnesota; the 1st Squadron, 194th Cavalry with Headquarters in Brainerd, Minnesota, and units in Minnesota and Iowa; the 47th Air Traffic Control Platoon located at Camp Ripley, Minnesota; the 813th Medical Detachment (later redesignated as the 1187th Medical Detachment) located at Camp Ripley, Minnesota; and the 1st Battalion (Attack), 147th Aviation Regiment located in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Aviation Brigade, 47th Division was reorganized in September 1990 with the formation of the 2nd Battalion (Air Assault), 147th Aviation Regiment, with units in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois; F Company, 147th Aviation Regiment (formerly the 1247th Maintenance Company) in St Paul, Minnesota; and the 459th and 460th Aviation Detachments.

The 47th Infantry Division was reflagged the 34th Infantry Division in February 1991, with the Aviation Brigade, 47th Infantry Division being reflagged as the Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division. The assigned units remained the same. In September 1995, the Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division was reorganized with the addition of the 3rd Battalion (Attack), 147th Aviation Regiment and the inactivation of the 459th and 460th Aviation Detachments and the 1187th Medical Detachment.

By 2006, the Brigade's federal mission was to maintain combat-ready units that were ready to mobilize in support of the nation's military strategy. Its state mission was to provide trained and equipped units to protect life and property, preserve peace and order, and public safety under the orders of the governor. The wartime mission of the unit was to, on order, mobilize and deploy to a theater of operations to find, fix and destroy enemy forces using fire and manuever to concentrate and sustain combat power at the critical time and place. As part of the transformation of the 34th Infantry Division to the US Army's modular force structure, the Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division was reorganized and redesignated as Combat Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division.

The Combat Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division was mobilized in May 2008 for a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Brigade was the command element of Task Force 34, a Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) Corps Aviation Brigade, which conducted full spectrum aviation operations throughout Iraq. Task Force 34 provided a stable and secure environment allowing the Iraqi National Government the ability to assume more responsibility for the security and governmental functions of Iraq.

The Soldiers of Task Force 34 provided aerial support to all areas of Iraq, including tactical missions, VIP escorts, area reconnaissance, medical evacuations and other operations. Task Force 34 transported more than 130,000 passengers and 11,670,000 pounds of cargo.

Task Force 34 included units not organic to the Combat Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division. During its deployment to Iraq, the Task Force consisted of: the 834th Aviation Support Battalion of the Minnesota Army National Guard; 3rd Battalion (Assault), 142nd Aviation Regiment of the New York Army National Guard; 3rd Battalion (Attack/Reconnaissance), 159th Aviation Battalion, an active US Army unit stationed in Germany; 1st Battalion (Assault), 244th Aviation Regiment of the Lousiana Army National Guard; 2nd Battalion (General Support), 149th Aviation Regiment of the Texas Army National Guard; and C Company, 1st Battalion (General Support), 126th Aviation of the Maine Army National Guard.

As of 11 December 2009, the Combat Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division consisted of the following: the Brigade's Headquarters and Headquarters Company in St. Paul, Minnesota; 2nd Battalion (Assault), 147th Aviation Regiment headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota with units in Minnesota (A and E Companies), Colorado (B Company), and Michigan (C and D Companies); 3rd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment in St. Paul, Minnesota; F Company, 147th Aviation Regiment in St. Paul, Minnesota; 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment of the Iowa Army National Guard, and the 47th Aviation Detachment (Air Traffic Control) at Camp Ripley, Minnesota.

As of 11 January 2011, the Minnesota-based subordinate units of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division were: the Brigade's Headquarters and Headquarters Company; the 2nd Battalion (Assault), 147th Aviation Regiment; the 834th Aviation Support Battalion; B and C Companies, 2nd Battalion (General Support), 211th Aviation Regiment; and G Company (Air Traffic Services), 147th Aviation Regiment.




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