2nd Aviation Brigade
The 8th U.S. Army's Multi-Functional Aviation Brigade (MFAB) was officially formed in June 2005 as the 2nd Aviation Brigade. 16 June 2005 marked the activation the 2nd Multi-Functional Aviation Brigade (MFAB). The newly consolidated aviation unit includes Apache Longbow attack helicopters, UH-60 Blackhawk utility helicopters, CH-47 Chinook medium lift helicopters and manages the Eighth Army C-12 Huron (fixed wing aircraft) detachment. The 8th U.S. Army aviation took a big step by transforming its brigades into multifunction aviation brigades when elements of the 17th Aviation Brigade consolidated with the 3-6 Attack Helicopter Battalion from the 6th Cavalry Brigade.
Once a division-centric organization, the US Army is transforming to a brigade-centric model that enables it to increase the number of combat brigades from 33 to 43 or more by reallocating personnel and equipment. The 17th Aviation Brigade inactivated 16 June 2005. The transformation by Eighth Army units to modular organizations enhances the capability to perform its? deterrence mission in the Republic of Korea by making them more quickly deployable, flexible and lethal than currently structured. Six battalions now are in the brigade.
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