Commander, 128th AB
Col. John L. Smith was the Distinguished Military Graduate at the University of North Texas, where he received his commission as an Aviation second lieutenant in 1990. Upon graduation, he attended the Aviation Officers... More
Command Sergeant Major, 128th AB
Command Sgt. Maj. Gerardo Gonzalez is a native of El Paso, Texas. He entered the U.S. Army on February 19, 1992, and completed basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was assigned to... More
Army Aviation Training began in 1942 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, with light, fixed-wing airplanes; helicopters were introduced into the inventory in the late 1940s. Aviation Logistics Training began at the Transportation School in 1954.
On April 12, 1983, Army Aviation was established as a basic branch and, shortly thereafter, the U.S. Army Transportation and Aviation Logistics School was created at Fort Eustis, Virginia. On October 1, 1988, Aviation Logistics Training was separated from the Transportation School, becoming the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School, and was placed under the command and control of the U.S. Army Aviation Center and Fort Rucker. In 2008, USAALS became the first TRADOC School to achieve an accreditation of Training Institute of Excellence. In 2011, USAALS once again received the top rating, becoming the first training institution to receive two such ratings.
In September 2011, the decision was made that USAALS would transform into a training brigade to accomplish both its training mission and provide brigade level command and control over its staff and faculty, cadre, and students.
On February 1, 2012, the 128th Aviation Brigade was activated. The 128th Aviation Brigade has a short, yet courageous, lineage, earning its motto "Born Under Fire" by fighting as a provisional unit during Operation Just Cause in December 1989. It was activated on January 16, 1990 in Panama and served until 1995 when it was inactivated. The Brigade was awarded the Armed Forces Expedition - Panama campaign streamer.
Today, the 128th Aviation Brigade is composed of three battalions. 1st Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment trains the Military Occupational Specialties 15F, Aircraft Electrician; 15H, Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer; 15N, Avionic Mechanic; 15R, AH-64D Attack Helicopter Repairer; 15Y, AH-64D Armament/Electrical/Avionics Repairer; and the 151A, Aviation Maintenance Technician Warrant Officer Basic and Advanced Courses for the AH-64D Apache weapon system. 2nd Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment trains MOSs 15B, Aircraft Powerplant Repairer; 15D, Aircraft Powertrain Repairer; 15G, Aircraft Structural Repairer; 15T, UH-60A/L/M Helicopter Repairer; and 15U, CH-47F Helicopter Repairer. 1st Battalion, 222nd Aviation Regiment is the student battalion, responsible for shaping the student Soldiers into members of the Aviation Branch through the lessons of Army Values, Aviation Safety, Warrior Tasks, and Battle Drills, in addition to a solid physical training program.
The 128th Aviation Brigade carries on the proud tradition of those who have gone before, ensuring training is realistic, relevant, and rigorous, enabling graduates to make an immediate and positive impact at their first duty assignment.
Excellence in Aviation Logistics starts here at the 128th Aviation Brigade and continues to be Above the Best!
For more informaiton, visit the 128th Aviation Brigade's website.
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