News Icon

News: Bravo Company, 2-149th GSAB lifts off to make history once more

Story by Sgt. Jeremy SpiresSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

Salute the colors Staff Sgt. Jeremy Spires

U.S. Soldiers with Bravo Company 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment, salute the national anthem during a deployment ceremony, April 20, 2013 in Grand Prairie, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Spires/Released)

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Amidst a hanger full of loving friends and family, more than 100 Texas and Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen comprising B Company, 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion, 36th Infantry Division, receive encouraging words and near deafening applause during their deployment ceremony, April 20.

“You are a national treasure,” said Maj. Gen. James K. “Red” Brown, commanding general, 36th Inf. Div., to the soldiers, family and friends gathered before him. “No other nation in the world deploys reserve component soldiers and defends the country as you do. You back up to no one, you are the best that this country has to offer. You are well trained, you are well led and you are prepared to do the mission you are about to do.”

More than 30,000 Texas Army National Guards soldiers have deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and the soldiers of B Company will assist in the final months of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

“At the end of the day our mission is a retrograde mission,” said Maj. Chris Hanna, commander of B Company, 2-149th GSAB. “Essentially, we are closing down shop in Afghanistan, and they want us to be there and assist in moving all the equipment and personnel that are in these different areas.”

Similar to the withdrawal from Iraq, this type of operation will require a massive logistics surge.

“I cannot tell you when things are closing down, but when they do we will be there to pick up their stuff,” said Hanna. “Whether it is pallets of MREs, equipment, personnel or whatever, we will be there to consolidate it to a central location in order to prepare them to return home.”

For many of the soldiers in formation this is not their first major operation. They have mobilized for support and combat operations for the state of Texas and the United States.

“I want to tell you how proud we are of you for standing up and taking an oath to support and defend the constitution of this great nation,” said Maj. Gen. Brown. “You do so with honor, you do so with pride and you do so with valor, as you have demonstrated each and every time that we have asked you to deploy. ”

U.S. Congressman Mark Veasy, a member of the Armed Forces Committee, also attended the ceremony, as well as, the Patriot Guard Riders of North Texas.

Connected Media
Images36th ID Aviation unit...
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James K. Brown, the commanding...
ImagesReady for deployment
U.S. Soldiers with the Bravo Company 2nd General Support...
ImagesSalute the colors
U.S. Soldiers with Bravo Company 2nd General Support...

Web Views

Podcast Hits

Public Domain Mark
This work, Bravo Company, 2-149th GSAB lifts off to make history once more, by SSG Jeremy Spires, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.20.2013

Date Posted:04.22.2013 16:29


More Like This

  • Soldiers from Alpha Company, 2/149th Lift Company based in Eastover, S.C., are just one example of selfless service, a core army value that encourages soldiers to think beyond themselves and make the extra effort to help others.
  • Members from the 1st Battalion of the 151st Aviation, A Company, 2nd Battalion of the 149th Aviation, and 264th -268th Engineer Detachments, South Carolina Army National Guard, conducted a gunnery exercise Sept. 17-19. The main objective of the weekend was to actively train all members of the aviation battalion for a real-world mission, as well as train the 2/149th and the engineers in fire control.
  • The challenges facing medical evacuation units are among the most perilous and time-sensitive within the Army. These Soldiers must race the clock to save lives and perform their duties with expert precision to ensure the safe completion of their mission. For the Texas Guardsmen of C Company, 2-149 General Support Aviation Battalion and B Company, 1-108 Aviation, there is no room for error and only the most realistic training can prepare them for combat.
  • Months of preparation, planning and coordination were placed into action upon the arrival of the United States Navy Ship Fischer. 

The Fischer is an 800-foot-long 'Roll-On,' 'Roll-Off' vessel that carried the aircraft and equipment of the 3-142 Assault Helicopter Battalion and the 2-149 General Aviation Support Battalion. There are two battalions of Task Force 34 deploying as Multi-National Corps-Iraq's Corps level aviation brigade.


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




  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr