Deployed Forces: 25th CAB redeploys

| August 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Brigade cases colors and leaves bountiful legacy of success in Iraq as Task Force Wings

Staff Sgt. Mike Alberts
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux (front, center), commanding general, 25th Infantry Division, greets Col. Mike Lundy (right), commander, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th ID, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, Aug. 2. The 25th CAB was returning from a 12-month deployment to Iraq. (Staff Sgt. Tim Meyer, 25th ID Public Affairs)CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq — The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, cased its colors, July 24, signifying the end of a successful deployment that began in August 2009.
The 25th CAB supported U.S. Division-North by providing command and control of a CAB consisting of six geographically dispersed aviation battalion task forces and one aviation support battalion with 3,600 Soldiers and Airmen, 498 civilian contractors and 198 aircraft, organized under Task Force Wings.
TF Wings provided support to TF Lightning, TF Marne, six brigade combat teams, one engineer brigade, U.S. Special Operations Forces, and Iraqi Security Forces in full-spectrum combat operations.
Its operations included USD-N key leader engagements, security along 198 miles of the Syrian Border, security for 26 disputed internal boundaries combined checkpoints in Iraq, security operations in major metropolitan areas, counter-indirect fire missions in the vicinity of USD-N forward operating bases, counter-improvised explosive device reconnaissance along division main and alternate supply routes, security missions in support of counter-terrorist operations, general and direct support lift operations, aviation support for partnered operations with five Iraqi army divisions and two federal police divisions, and aerial medical evacuation coverage throughout USD-N.
The 25th CAB was also the first U.S. Army CAB with direct responsibility for the planning and use of Air Force C-130 assets — the 164th Expeditionary Air Squadron that was comprised of two C-130s and 87 Airmen — during a Secretary of Defense-directed Joint Cargo Aircraft Concept of Employment evaluation.
During the assessment, the detachment flew a total of 50 missions moving 2,234 passengers and 345 tons of cargo.
TF Wings supported the ground maneuver brigade commanders with planning and execution of partnered operations with Iraqi Security Forces that included 49 combined air assault operations and training events, 47 aerial reaction force operations, and 70 air-ground integration training events and combat operations.
TF Wings completed 22,000 Air Mission Requests, flying 141,000 mission hours moving 105,000 passengers and more than 7 million pounds of cargo. In addition, the task force completed 9,400 reconnaissance and security missions and 750 key leader movements.
Chief Warrant Officer John Bilton (left), a standardization pilot, and Chief Warrant Officer Bruno Guzman, a maintenance test pilot, both assigned to Company C, 2-159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, conduct pre-flight inspections of an AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter near Tal Afar, Iraq, Feb 27. (Staff Sgt. Mike Alberts, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)The hard work and dedication of TF Wings’ aircraft maintainers enabled the brigade to maintain the highest fully mission capability rate for any deployed unit in the Army for all the various aircraft under its control.
TF Wings’ execution of full-spectrum aviation operations supported TF Marne’s effort to maintain security gains, enabling the execution of national elections and the seating of a new Iraqi government while conducting the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces and facilitating the transition of USD-N to stability operations.

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