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35th Aviation Brigade

Members of the 35th Aviation Brigade staff trained on the AH-64 Apache and the UH-60 Blackhawk at the Western Army Aviation Training Site in June 1999. The staff officers and enlisted men made the trip to prepare for the fielding of the AH-64. 1st Battalion 135th Aviation, stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, received the Apache in 2001. Other aviation units in Missouri are trying to get the Blackhawk fielded.

The Western Army Aviation Training Site is located about 30 miles north of Tucson, Ariz. WAATS offers courses for attack helicopters including the Apache Aeroscout Course, the Cobra Transition Course and Combat Mission Simulator courses for the Apache. WAATS provided a specialized course of instruction to the 35th Aviation Brigade which lasted two days. The brigade took classes on the AH-64, UH-60, Combat Mission Simulator, and Attack and Aeroscout Helicopter operations. Staff members had the chance to see the aircraft and get some experience at Silver Bell Army Airfield, also located at WAATS.

In 2005 the 35th Aviation Brigade assisted in managing air traffic over New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. This mission was crucial to help coordinate the many helicopters in the area.



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