Task Force 49
Task Force 49 (Provisional)
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Task Force 49 was inactivated on 16 October 2009 and its personnel were concurrently reflagged as Headquarters an Headquarters Company, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, which took over the Task Force's mission at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The Task Force's units were subsequently assigned to the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Task Force 49 was provisionally established in 2005 to maintain aviation assets for US Army Alaska. At the time of its activation, this included 4th Battalion, 123rd Aviation; 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation; the 68th Medical Company (Air Ambulance); and Company C, 123rd Aviation. In February 2006, Task Force 49 was formally established. At the same time 4-123d Aviation was inactivated and the unit gained 1-52nd Aviation Battalion, which was reorganized into a General Support Aviation Battalion. 6th Squadron 17th Cavalry and elements from the 209th Aviation Support Battalion were relocated from Wheeler Army Air Base, Hawaii to Fort Wainwright, Alaska in May 2006.
Beginning in July 2007, Task Force 49 had company elements continuously deployed for 31 consecutive months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The first unit to deploy from Task Force 49 was Task Force Dragon, composed primarily of personnel and CH-47s from B/1-52nd Aviation. Task Force Dragon supported 2 Marine Aircraft Wings in Al Anbar, Iraq from July 2007 to August 2008.
From November 2007 to December 2008, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Task Force 49 deployed and assumed the role of the Multi-National Corps - Iraq (MNC-I) Aviation Brigade in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In July 2008, HHC Task Force 49 assumed command of the Multi-National Division-Center Aviation Brigade at Baghdad International Airport Iraq.
6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry deployed as Task Force Saber to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-09, with D Company, 123rd Aviation attached. The Squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for their performance in Northern Iraq from July 2008 to July 2009. In November 2008, C/1-52nd Aviation deployed for a year in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-10 and was assigned to Multi-National Division - South (MND-S), where they flew over 1,000 combat MEDEVAC missions and saved countless lives. From February 2009 to February 2010, A/1-52nd Aviation deployed to Iraq in support of Multi-National Division - Center (MND-C) and MND-S. Throughout these deployments, C-123rd Aviation deployed detachments and provided outstanding aircraft maintenance support to deployed elements of Task Force 49.
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