US Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne)
US Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne) (Provisional)
(ARSOAC) (A) (P)
(ARSOAC) (A) (P)
The Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne) (Provisional) organizes, mans, trains, resources and equips Army special operations aviation units to provide responsive, special operations aviation support to special operations forces and is the US Army Special Operations Command aviation staff proponent.
The US Army Special Operations Command officially activated the US Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne) (Provisional), or (ARSOAC) (A) (P), during a ceremony at Meadows Field at Fort Bragg North, Carolina on 25 March 2011. During the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, the Army and Special Operations Command sought and received approval to create a one star Army special operations forces aviation force structure. The structure provided the appropriate command and control, manning and visibility for the complex and sensitive tasks required of Army special operations forces aviation units and organizations. ARSOAC would be a subordinate command to the US Army Special Operations Command.
At the time of its provisional activation, the ARSOAC organizational structure consisted of the Command's headquarters and 4 subordinate units: 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), the US Army Special Operations Command Flight Detachment, the Systems Integration Management Office, and the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion. The new arrangement was intended to enhance the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment's war-fighting role of providing rotary-wing aircraft to support special operations forces missions in all geographic combatant commands. Additionally, as a resourcing headquarters, ARSOAC would provide aviation oversight, as well as service and component interface to ensure system integration, fleet modernization, material readiness, training, doctrine development. Funding for ARSOAC was not expected to be available until Fiscal Year 2013 at the time of its provisional activation.
With the start of the new fiscal year in 2012, the unit shifted from provisional to fully resourced status. The headquarters, which was authorized roughly 135 personnel, organized, manned, trained, resourced, and equiped Army Special Operations Aviation units. Subordinate units totaling more than 3,300 personnel included the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), the USASOC Flight Detachment, the Systems Integration Management Office, the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion, and the Technology Application Projects Office.
On 29 May 2013, USASOAC hosted an activation ceremony for the US Army Special Operations Command Flight Company (Provisional), or UFC (P). UFC (P) replaced the previous USASOC Flight Detachment and the expansion was intended to allow for much needed growth, increasing the size of the previous detachment by both personnel and airframes, enabling them to provide more support to USASOC. The UFC provided responsive fixed and rotary wing training support to USASOC, as well as key planner transport in support of contingency plans. Their aircraft inventory at the time of activation included UH-60L Blackhawk helicopters, and CASA C-212, UV-20 Porter, and C-12C fixed wing aircraft. The UFC (P) operations included supporting training requirements for the Special Warfare Center and School and conducting fixed wing support for all USASOC units in the eastern and central regions of the US. The USASOC Flight Detachment had averaged more than 29,000 static line paratrooper and military free fall parachutist jumps a year previously. As part of the expansion in capabilities, USASOC was also looking at the potential of replacing the aging C-212 aircraft with the C-27J, which would assist helping meet new requirement to have all US Army Special Forces personnel qualified as free fall parachutists.
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