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Commander, 1-145th AR
Lt. Col. Donald Kirk received his commission in 2001 from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in communications. He was assigned to Aviation branch and graduated... More
Command Sgt. Maj., 1-145th AR
Command Sgt. Maj. James Finney was born in Boulder, Colorado. He completed one-station unit training as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1993 and advanced... More
The 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment focuses on leader development and professional education of branch officers and warrant officers. Courses include the Aviation Basic Officer Leadership Course and Captain’s Career Course for branch officers; the Warrant Officer Basic Course and Aviation Warrant Officers Advanced Course; Aviation Maintenance Officers Course; Aviation Mission Survivability Officer Course; Helicopter Overwater Survival Training, Air Traffic and Airspace Management Tech Course, Aviation Pre-Command Course for Lieutenant Colonels and Colonels slated to take command of a battalion or brigade; and the management of all branch and Warrant Officers during their attendance of the initial entry rotary-wing flight training course. Additionally, the Battalion commands the U.S. Army’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Level C Training and the 98th Army "Silver Wings" Band is also attached to the Battalion.
Small group instruction is provided in a classroom environment. Field exercises include troop leading procedures, safety, and tactical and technical aspects involving employment of aviation assets as part of the total combined arms force. Use of advanced simulation tools with brigade and battalion simulations in the Seneff Aviation Warfighting Simulation Center, enhances the student officer’s battle staff skills.
Use of state-of-the-art virtual flight simulators in the Aviation Test Bed offers junior aviation leaders the opportunity to develop air battle command skills.
The battalion manages the Helicopter Overwaters Survival Trainer where pilots and crew members receive training about aircraft ditching and underwater egress survival techniques. They train with a device that replicates an aircraft crashing into water, so they know how to react during an emergency.
A Company manages the cadre and students for the Aviation Captain’s Career Course, Aviation Warrant Officer Advanced Course, Aviation Maintenance Officer’s Course, Aviation Mission Survivability Course, and Aviation Pre-Command Course.
B Company manages the cadre and warrant officer students for Warrant Officer Basic Course continues to manage, lead, and mentor students during the students’ attendance of the initial entry rotary-wing flight training course.
D Company manages the cadre and students for the Basic Officer Leadership Course and continues to manage, lead, and mentor students during the students’ attendance of the initial entry rotary-wing flight training course.
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