Commander, 128th AB
Col. Dean Heitkamp graduated from Ohio University as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1987. Heitkamp's military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Rotary Wing Aviator... More
Command Sergeant Major, 128th AB
Command Sgt. Maj. John J. Moore enlisted into the U.S. Army on June 19, 1984, attending Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Advance Individual Training for the Utility Helicopter Repairs Course... More
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, Va. In 1988, Aviation logistics training was separated from the Transportation School and placed under the command and control of the Aviation Branch.
In September 1988, the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School was placed under the command and control of the commanding general, U.S. Army Aviation Center and Fort Rucker. In 2008, USAALS became the first TRADOC School to achieve an accreditation rating of Training Institution 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 made up of three battalions: The 1st Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment trains Military Occupational Specialties 15F, J, N, R, S, Y, the Warrant Officer Technician (151A) Basic and Advanced Courses, and the Armament Officer Courses (SQI-E) for the AH-64 Apache and OH-58D Kiowa Warrior weapon systems. The 2nd Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment trains MOSs 15B, D, G, K, T and U. The 1st Battalion 222nd Aviation Regiment is the student battalion with the mission of shaping the student Soldiers into members of the Aviation Branch through the lessons of Aviation Safety, Army Values, Warrior Tasks, Battle Drills, and 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 positive impact at their first duty assignment.
For more information, visit the 128th Aviation Brigade website.
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