News Icon

News: ‘Attack’ departs for joint NTC rotation

Story by 1st Lt. Alun ThomasSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

FORT HOOD, Texas – Soldiers from the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st ACB, 1st Cavalry Division, deployed to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., Jan. 7 to 15 as part of a joint mission with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div.

The one-month rotation will see the battalion providing continuous support for 3rd BCT while also validating and training Attack’s Mission Essential Task List, , said Lt. Col. Cain Baker, from Arkadelphia, Ark., commander, 1-227, 1st ACB,

“With (their) necessary training requirements … 3rd BCT requested (aviation) support and our mission capabilities and assets supported the task,” Baker said. “Our main goal is to perfect our operational procedures and produce the maximum effective application of aviation combat power in support of the ground force commander.”

The battalion will conduct live fire operations with the ‘Greywolf’ Brigade and support the sustainment of the ground fight with air moves and resupply, Baker added, while also providing
medical evacuation, reconnaissance and security while under threat from a realistic opposition.

One of the challenges of an NTC rotation is the logistical aspect of moving the entire battalion to a new location for a month, something usually reserved for deployments to an overseas theater.

“Unlike a deployment, the personnel in these training centers have a more strict timeline that we must adhere to in order to allow incoming units the same training opportunities,” Baker said.“Movements and requirements are impacted by weather and available movement contracting resources.”

The rotation will be most beneficial however for all soldiers, as the training helps keep them ready for future missions, Baker added.

“Whether deployed to a conventional battle zone or contingency operation, the coordination, improvements, and the confidence built by conducting this exercise will prepare both Veterans and new soldiers to better work alongside one another more efficiently,” he said.

With the two units having prepared together for the rotation prior to the training exercise, Baker said they are both well equipped for the missions at hand.

“It is that initial team building with Greywolf that will make NTC a success,” he said.

Web Views

Podcast Hits

Public Domain Mark
This work, ‘Attack’ departs for joint NTC rotation, by Alun Thomas, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:01.22.2013

Date Posted:01.22.2013 13:28

Location:FORT HOOD, TX, USGlobe

More Like This

  • Soldiers with 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion “Guns Attack,” 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division cased their colors at Cooper Field here Aug. 1 in preparation for their upcoming nine-month deployment to Kuwait.
  • Statistics show that one in every three people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their life. Blood shortages are common. However, soldiers with the 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, are volunteering their time to help save lives.
  • The 519th Military Intelligence Battalion, Task Force (TF) “Thunder”, participated in National Training Center (NTC) rotation 12-09 in support of 1st Brigade, 1st Armor Division (1/1 AD), Fort Bliss, Texas, from July 27 through Aug. 25.
  • Selfless service, bravery in the face of extreme opposition, courage under fire, all these words can be used to describe Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Leipold, a native of Hollidaysburg, Pa., and an AH-64D Apache helicopter maintenance test pilot for B Company, 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, who was recently awarded the Air Medal with V device for valor for his actions here, Oct. 4.


  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard




  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr