Commander, 1-223rd AR
Lt. Col. Chris Mariani is a native of Nashua, New Hampshire. He enlisted in the Army in 1990 and spent three years working on the Hawk Missile system at Fort Hood, Texas, and Giebelstadt, Germany, and three years as a flight operations specialist at Fort... More
Command Sgt. Maj., 1-223rd AR
Command Sgt. Maj. Scott McGee was born at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and entered the South Carolina National Guard in 1992. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, before heading to Fort Rucker... More
1st Battalion, 223rd Aviation Regiment is currently organized into three line companies, an HHC and an Army Air Ambulance Detachment "FLATIRON". The battalion's mission is to coordinate and conduct flight instruction and operations at Cairns Army Airfield and Knox Army heliport in order to provide the Army with professionally trained CH-47, C-12, and Mi-17 Aviators.
Additionally it conducts Initial Rotary Wing contact and instrument training in the TH-67 Creek while evaluating and performing quality assurance to include Instrument Flight Examiner training. The battalion provides general Aviation and crash rescue support to the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence while conducting aeromedical evacuation operations throughout the southeastern United States. The battalion continues to provide safe and quality training to our up and coming future generation pilots.
The battalion's motto is "The mark of excellence."
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