10th Combat Aviation Brigade
10th Aviation Brigade
The mission of the 10th Aviation Brigade is to maintain an Aviation Brigade, trained and ready to deploy rapidly anywhere in the world to conduct combat support and combat service support aviation operations to enable 10th Mountain Division to fight and win. The "Falcon" Brigade provides the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) with the ability to conduct Air Assault operations, Force Protection and Conduct Reconnaissance Operations.
The 10th Aviation Brigade was originally constituted on 21 August 1965 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 10th Aviation Battalion. It was activated on 23 August 1965 at Fort Benning, Georgia. It was reorganized and redesignated on 1 December 1968 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 10th Aviation Battalion, before inactivating on 30 December 1980 at Fort Lewis, Washington.
It was assigned on 17 April 1986 to the 1st Armored Division and activated in Germany (organic elements concurrently constituted and activated). It inactivated on 16 November 1987 in Germany and was relieved from assignment to the 1st Armored Division.
It reorganized and was redesignated on 2 October 1988 as the 10th Aviation, a parent regiment under the United States Army Regimental System, and transferred to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. It was withdrawn on 5 January 1996 from the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, and consolidated with the 10th Aviation Company, which was itself originally constituted on 14 June 1957 in the Regular Army as the 10th Aviation Company, an element of the 10th Infantry Division, and activated on 1 July 1957 in Germany, before inactivating on 14 June 1958 at Fort Benning, Georgia. The resulting consolidated unit was designated as the 10th Aviation Brigade.
The 10th Aviation Brigade was activated at Griffis Air Force Base in Rome, New York, as part of the 10th Mountain Division on 2 July 1988. It played a key role in Division missions, such as Stabilization Force 6 (SFOR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ice Storm 98 in Upstate New York, Hurricane Andrew relief in South Florida, Operation Restore Hope and Continue Hope in Somalia, and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.
As of winter 2006 the 10th Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, accepted the Operation Enduring Freedom aviation mission stationed at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Task Force Falcon's mission was to conduct aviation operations to destroy insurgents and anti-coalition militia and defeat terrorist threats in an effort to help build the Afghan National Security Force's capability and allow the Afghan government to increase its capabilities, Rose said. In addition, the Task Force will provide logistical and aviation support for coalition forces throughout the country, conduct tactical maneuvers and perform security and attack operations if needed.
In each instance, the Brigade demonstrated it's capability to rapidly deploy and conduct aviation missions upon arrival while emphasizing safety and readiness throughout.
Prior to the transformation of the Brigade as part of the entire transition of the 10th Mountain Division to the US Army's new modular force structure, the 10th Aviation Brigade consisted of a Headquarters Company, 10th Aviation Brigade; 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Battalion (Attack), 10th Aviation Regiment (formerly 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment), 2nd Battalion (Assault), 10th Aviation Regiment (formerly 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment); 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation (General Support), and C Company (Aviation Intermediate Maintenance), 10th Aviation Regiment.
After the transformation, the reorganized 10th Combat Aviation Brigade retained the 3-17th Cavalry and 1- and 2-10th Aviation. 3-10th Aviation and C-10th Aviation were inactivated. Also reactivated as part of the reorganized unit were 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment and the 277th Aviation Support Battalion. During the transition elements of the 10th Aviation continued to be deployed as part of Task Forces part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, with units returning to Fort Drum for reorganization after their tours were complete. Elements of the 10th Aviation Brigade returned to Iraq during 2008 as part of continued operations in that country.
In 2008, as part of a restructuring of the Combat Aviation Brigades of both the 10th Mountain Division and the 3rd Infantry Division, the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry was relieved from assignment to the Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division and reassigned to the Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. In its place, the 3rd Battalion (General Support), 10th Aviation Regiment was activated, bringing the Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division in line with a projected standard configuration for the modular divisional combat aviation brigade.
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