25th CAB named AAAA Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year

| April 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
FORWARD OPERATING BASE TARIN, Afghanistan — AH-64D Apache Longbows, assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, here, head out on a mission, Aug. 22, 2012. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

FORWARD OPERATING BASE TARIN, Afghanistan — AH-64D Apache Longbows, assigned to 1st Bn., 2nd Avn. Regiment, 25th CAB, 25th ID, here, head out on a mission, in August 2012.

Story and photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, was awarded the Army Aviation Association of American Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year Award at the 2013 AAAA annual Professional Forum in Fort Worth, Texas, April 11.

During a yearlong deployment in 2012, the CAB was spread out across more than 25 forward operating bases in Afghanistan, with its brigade headquarters located on Kandahar Air Field and three task force Headquarters at FOBs Wolverine, Tarin Kowt and Shindand.

The brigade’s primary mission was to conduct full-spectrum aviation operations in the country and to defeat the insurgency and support and improve governance and development.

Its efforts secured the Afghan people, setting conditions for sustainable peace.

The brigade’s fighting force consisted of more than 2,300 Soldiers and equipment, including OH-58D Kiowa Warriors, UH-60 Black Hawks and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, from here, and AH-64 Apache helicopters, from Fort Carson, Colo.

The brigade moved more than 100,000 passengers and 15.3 million pounds of cargo across the battlefield in approximately 139,000 combat flight hours.

Soldiers and units of the brigade had received several awards leading up to this accomplishment, to include the Henry Q. Dunn Crew Chief of the Year Award and the Rodney J.T. Yano Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award, the Medicine Award, the DUSTOFF Medic of the Year Award, the Aircraft Survivability Equipment Award and the 2012 Avionics Award.

The 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th CAB, was the recipient of the Lt. Gen. Ellis D. Parker Award for outstanding support to the CAB.

The Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation recognized Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joe Roland, standardization officer, 25th CAB, as the Army’s most-decorated Black Hawk pilot.

Col. Frank Tate, commander, 25th CAB, attributes the success of the CAB’s mission in Afghanistan to each individual Soldier’s hard work and dedication to accomplishing the mission.

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