Garrison 25th CAB Staff Duty
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S1 - 656-2756
S2 - 656-2744
S3 - 656-2176
S4 - 656-1832
S6 - 656-0920
LEGAL - 656-2651/2015/2650
CHAPLAIN - 656-2147
The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade was originally constituted on 1 February 1957 as the 25th Aviation Company assigned to the 25th Infantry Division and activated at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The company was equipped with both fixed wing light observation aircraft and helicopters and performed general aviation support for the division. On 12 August 1963, the 25th Aviation Battalion was activated with the 25th Aviation Company and was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 25th Aviation Battalion. Companies A and B were also constituted and activated.
On 30 April 1966, the 25th Aviation Battalion arrived in Vietnam and was based at Cu Chi near Saigon. Company A (Little Bears) served as an assault helicopter company and Company B (Diamond Head) served as an attack/support helicopter company. The battalion participated in twelve Vietnam campaigns receiving two Valorous Unit Awards and two Meritorious Unit Commendations with Company B receiving a Presidential Unit Citation. In 1969, the Battalion received the Outstanding Aviation Unit Award awarded by the Army Aviation Association of America. On 7 December 1970, the 25th Aviation Battalion finally departed Vietnam for Schofield Barracks and on 17 June 1979, Company C, 25th Aviation Battalion was activated.
From 1990-1994 the 2nd and 3rd Battalions played key and vital role in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, disaster relief operations in South Florida during Hurricane Andrew, and as part of the Unified Task Force for Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. For their efforts in Somalia, the 2nd Battalion received a Valorous Unit Award. The Brigade deployed an Aviation Task Force to Haiti from January to April 1995. The Task Force consisted of elements from every unit in the Brigade to support "Operation Uphold Democracy." In 2002, the Brigade deployed an Aviation Task Force under the banner of 1st Battalion (Attack) Headquarters consisting of elements from across the 25th Aviation Brigade to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Forge.
In January 2004, the Brigade began its support to the Global War on Terror, deploying the 1st Battalion (Attack) to Iraq to conduct security and stability operations in and around Baghdad. The task force flew more than 25,000 combat hours through redeployment in February 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Subsequently, the remainder of the Aviation Brigade deployed to Afghanistan as Joint Task Force Wings in May 2004 until April 2005 supporting the Combined/ Joint Task Force 76 (CJTF-76) during Operation Enduring Freedom V.
From July 2006 to October 2007, the Brigade, Task Force Wings, deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 under the command of the 25th Infantry Division Headquarters, Task Force Lightning, based out of COB Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq and executing combat operations in Multi-National Division-North. The Brigade again deployed to COB Speicher and Multi-National Division North from September 2009 to August 2010, executing full spectrum aviation operations as United States Forces-Iraq conducted a responsible drawdown of forces and transitioned from combat to stability operations.
From January 2012 to January 2013, the Brigade, Task Force Wings, deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 12-13 to Regional Command-South, Kandahar Afghanistan and executed combat operations in support of Afghan Partners and International Security and Assistance Forces and provided Aviation Mission Command to Regional Command-Southwest and Regional Command-West. During this deployment the CAB developed Manned Unmanned Tactics Techniques and Procedures, Developed an Afghan Pathfinder Program of Instruction, Became the first Army unit to provide Blood Products in Medical Evacuation Helicopters and Certified Afghan Partners in Ground Maintenance. TF Wings was awarded the Army Aviation Association of America's Aviation Unit of the Year award for their exemplary service.
The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade has received three Meritorious Unit Citations for its tours to Afghanistan as Joint Task Force Wings in May 2004 until April 2005 and Iraq as in July 2006 and again in September 2009.