‘Fighting Eagles’ deliver Chinooks to newest CAB at Fort Carson
Sgt. Jeremy Ganz, a flight engineer with Co. B, 2nd GSAB, 1st Avn. Regt., CAB, conducts pre-flight procedures before beginning his trip to Fort Carson, Colo. Jan. 28 to deliver three CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the 4th CAB, 4th Inf. Div. Photo by: Sgt. Keven Parry, CAB.
Story by: Sgt. Keven Parry
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The Army's newest Combat Aviation Brigade moved one step closer to being a fully equipped and manned formation Jan. 28, thanks to the Soldiers of Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
Flight crews from the Fort Riley-based CAB transferred three CH-47D Chinook helicopters from the northeast Kansas post to Fort Carson, Colo., the home of the 4th Infantry Division's new aviation brigade.
The movement of aircraft was the second in a series of transfers from the CAB to the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, as part of an effort to establish a full aircraft fleet at the Rocky Mountain Army installation.
"Right now, it's time to give these aircraft to a different unit so they can use them, fly them, train on them and prepare for combat," said Lt. Col. Brian Hughes, commander, 2nd GSAB, 1st Avn. Regt., and a Chinook pilot. "What we give them is populating their fleet. It offers them the ability to train on the legacy platform before they get their F Models."
The 4th CAB is scheduled to receive all of the D Model Chinook helicopters from the CAB, 1st Inf. Div. Some of the aircraft being given to Fort Carson are original CAB, 1st Inf. Div. aircraft from the time the unit was established and moved from Germany, Hughes said.
Sgt. Jeremy Ganz, flight engineer, Co. B, 2nd GSAB, 1st Avn. Regt., said in addition to receiving a full fleet of aircraft, 4th CAB also will be receiving the benefit of experience.
"They'll know first-hand what needs to be done and what has been done, so they're not given any kind of surprises," Ganz said.
CAB, 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers have been maintaining the D Model Chinooks through a high-paced operations tempo during the past two years, which included several (combat training center) rotations, pilot and crew chief training, as well as support to a wide variety of 1st Inf. Div. operations. Through all of the operations, the aircraft have remained mission worthy.
"Being able to send these over there knowing full well that they're mission capable at all times is a tremendous compliment to the maintainers and to the crews that have worked on these constantly for the last several years," Ganz said.
Hughes praised his Soldiers who have worked day in and day out to ensure the 4th CAB's new aircraft are in top condition.
"The single biggest asset that we have within the 1st CAB, and really within Army Aviation, are the young wrench-turners – the mechanics," Hughes said. "The fact that we have young kids out here making them last that long is a tribute to the American Soldier."