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1st Aviation Brigade

Commander, 1st Aviation Brigade

Col. Shawn Prickett

Commander, 1st AB

Col. Shawn Prickett graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Army Aviation in 1991.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from... More

Command Sergeant Major, 1st Aviation Brigade

Command Sgt. Maj.
Patrick A. Blair

Command Sgt. Maj., 1st AB

Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick A. Blair entered the Army on October 1, 1986. He attended One Stop Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., where he completed Infantry Basic and Advanced... More



The 1st Aviation Brigade commands three distinctly different battalions, each with a unique mission: the 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment; the 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment; and the 2d Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Along with its many command responsibilities, logistical support requirements, and administrative duties, the brigade’s primary mission is to train and develop future Aviation warfighting leaders. Including the lessons learned from deployed units, instructors and cadre write, review, and coordinate Army Aviation combined arms doctrine for Aviation units below brigade level. The course curriculum consists of a wide range of professional military education subjects, with emphasis on combined arms battlefield integration.

The tactical training is further reinforced with state-of-the art simulation, allowing students to assume various command and staff positions at all command levels while fighting simulated battles throughout a wide spectrum of tactical scenarios.

Equally important is the initial entry training taught to entry level Aviation Branch Soldiers. IET teaches fundamental skills for Soldiers to perform their occupational specialties in an Aviation unit.

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