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Aviation Brigade reaches flight-hour milestone (Baghdad)

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Monday, 31 December 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20071231-03
December 31, 2007

Aviation Brigade reaches flight-hour milestone (Baghdad)

3rd Combat Aviation Brigade

Multi-National Division – Center PAO

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Multi-National Division – Center’s aviation brigade hit a milestone in combat flight hours Dec. 29.

The Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, reached 60,000 combat flight hours since arriving in Iraq in early May.

The 3rd CAB is on course to fly more combat hours in a 12-month period than it had during the unit’s last deployment to Iraq in 2005, said Chief Warrant Officer Art Gribensk.

During the 2005 deployment the brigade flew more than 80,000 flight hours in one year. This time, unless things change, said Gribensk, they could exceed 100,000 hours in 12 months and even more over the course of the 15-month deployment.

Based on the present operations tempo I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect that we’ll hit 120,000 rotary wing flight hours by the end of the 15-month deployment, said Gribensk.

The 3rd CAB’s ability to reach this milestone is attributable to the synchronization of air and ground operations, and a comprehensive maintenance plan, said Lt. Col. Robert Wilson, executive officer, 3rd CAB.

“None of which would matter,” said Wilson, “if it weren’t for the dedicated pilots, maintainers, Soldiers and civilians, as well as all the team members that feed, fuel, arm and sustain the people and machines of the 3rd CAB.”

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