COL. Clair A. Gill CSM Zack Hurst
Our mission is to maintain an aviation brigade, trained and ready to deploy anywhere in the world to conduct combat, combat support and combat service support aviation operations to enable the 10th Mountain Division to fight and win!
10th Aviation was constituted on 21 September 1965, in the regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 10th Aviation Battalion. The Battalion activated on 23 August 1965, at Fort Benning, Georgia and was redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 10th Aviation Battalion on 1 December 1968.
10th Aviation was an important contributor to the United States Army’s efforts in Vietnam. The unit provided critical aviation support in the first Tet Counter-offensive and distinguished itself by successfully fulfilling this vital role. 10th Aviation regularly repeated this standard for success in the intervening years and was recognized for valorous acts at Dak To and Tuy Hoa, receiving Commendations (Army) and five awards for gallantry from the Republic of South Vietnam. 10th Aviation inactivated on 30 December 1980 at Fort Lewis, Washington.
The 10th Aviation Brigade was reactivated at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York, as part of the 10th Mountain Division on 2 July 1988; it further relocated to Ft Drum, NY in 1990. It has played a key role in all Division missions, to include support for Hurricane Andrew Relief in South Florida, Operations Restore Hope and Continue Hope in Somalia, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, SFOR and KFOR missions in Bosnia and Kosovo and most recently, Operations Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In each instance, the Brigade demonstrated its capability to rapidly deploy and conduct aviation missions upon arrival while emphasizing safety and readiness.
In July of 2003, the 10th Aviation Brigade Headquarters deployed to Bagram Airfield and 2-10 AVN deployed to Kandahar Airfield in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) IV. While deployed, 10th Aviation Brigade assumed command of TF Panther, TF Talon, and TF Red Dawg (USMC), and renamed the Brigade to CJTF Falcon.
In January of 2006, the 10th Aviation Brigade Headquarters, along with the newly formed 3-10 AVN and 277th ASB deployed to Bagram with 2-10 AVN again deploying to Kandahar, this time with a slice of 277th ASB. Upon completion of their mission in support of OEF VII, the units returned back to Fort Drum, NY.
In October of 2008, the 10th CAB Headquarters, along with 1-10 AVN, 2-10 AVN, 3-10 AVN, and 277th ASB, deployed to COB Speicher while 6-6 CAV deployed to Mosul in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom VIII.
In October of 2010, the 10th CAB Headquarters, along with TF Phoenix (3-10 AVN), and TF Mountain Eagle (277th ASB) deployed to Bagram Airfield, while TF Knighthawk (2-10 AVN) deployed to FOB Shank, TF Tigershark (1-10 AVN) deployed to Salerno, and TF Six Shooters (6-6 CAV) deployed to Jalalabad Airfield in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XI.
Today, the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade stands ready to deploy in support of contingency operations world wide.
The 10th Aviation Brigade consists of:
- Headquarters Company (Renegades)
- 1-10 Attack (TF Tigershark)
- 2-10 Aviation (TF Knighthawk)
- 3-10 GSAB (TF Phoenix)
- 6-6 Cavalry (TF Six Shooters)
- 277 ASB (TF Mountain Eagle)