In a ceremony held August 1, the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) formally signified its arrival to JBLM from Alaska. The brigade uncased its unit colors, activated or re-designated several subordinate aviation units, and welcomed a new commander.
In March, the DoD announced the move of 16th CAB headquarters from Ft. Wainwright, Alaska to JBLM. The 16th CAB consists of combat, reconnaissance and logistics support aircraft including AH-64 Apache, OH-58 Kiowa, UH-60 Black Hawk, and CH-47 Chinook helicopters; the move will entail the addition of approximately 1,400 new Soldiers and 44 helicopters over the next three years.
The ceremony also marked a change of command for the 16th CAB as Colonel Robert W. Werthman, who has led the unit since August 2009, passed command to Colonel Robert P. Dickerson.
A number of units were also activated or re-designated:
• The 4th Squadron, 6th Air Cavalry Squadron (4/6 ACS), already stationed at JBLM, was re-designated and re-patched as the 4th Squadron, 6th Attack Reconnaissance Squadron (4/6 ARS).
• The 46th Aviation Support Battalion, and the 2nd Battalion, 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion were activated. The addition of the 16th CAB at JBLM is necessary to support mission, training and operations for units assigned to the base. The 16th CAB will give I Corps and its major subordinate commands an unprecedented degree of training and operational flexibility.
Author:Brandi Rademacher Phone: 253-224-6663 Dated: August 10th 2011 Views: 2,128 About Brandi: Brandi Rademacher with RE/MAX Realty South is the Professional Realtor who other Realtors come to fo...
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