CAB expresses appreciation at Salina MAC
Col. Frank Muth, commander of the CAB, 1st Inf. Div., speaks to Salina community
members Oct. 28 at the Salina MAC
quarterly luncheon at St. John’s Military
School, Salina. Muth thanked Salina MAC
members for their support.
Story by: CW2 Adam Helmintoller
SALINA – Col. Frank Muth, commander of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, spoke at the quarterly luncheon of the Salina Military Affairs Council Oct. 28 at St. John's Military School, Salina.
Muth was on leave from a deployment to Iraq and accepted the council's invitation to speak – both to relate some of the CAB's achievements so far in Iraq and to express his gratitude to the Salina MAC for its involvement and contributions to CAB Families while CAB Soldiers are deployed.
In particular, Muth said he wanted to convey his appreciation to the Salina MAC for their contribution to the recent Rolling Hills Zoo Pumpkin PaZoola event Oct. 9.
More than 250 CAB spouses and Family members were given breakfast and free admission to the zoo.
Muth began by describing the CAB's size, which he defined as a "super CAB" because of its 227 aircraft and 4,400 Soldiers representing "the largest and most complex Combat Aviation Brigade in the Army." He then catalogued the CAB's achievements to date in Iraq.
"We have been deployed for seven months, and in that time, we have flown over 60,000 hours and have moved over 130,000 personnel," he said.
"This is our story – a Soldier's story," Muth said. "Our Soldiers, as they serve, they don't ask for a 'thank you,' they don't ask for a reward, and I have personally witnessed the great sacrifices of our Soldiers, which I have found personally inspiring.
"I humbly stand in their ranks and marvel at their strength, their character and their conviction."
Muth said CAB Soldiers could not have been as effective without the support of their Families and communities at home.
"The town of Salina's support for our Families while we have been deployed has been phenomenal, and the Pumpkin PaZoola, we heard about it on the other end," Muth said. "I got personal calls from Soldiers that said their Families went out there, and they had a wonderful day. I want to thank you for that."
Following his presentation, Muth answered questions from luncheon attendees. He then presented Jo Ann McClure, Salina Area Chamber of Commerce and Salina Military Affairs Council representative, with a plaque expressing the CAB's appreciation for the support provided by the Salina MAC and the community.