News: 4th CAB activates remaining 4 battalions
Story by Sgt. Jonathan Thibault
FORT CARSON, Colo. – Soldiers of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade gave an enormous cheer as they became the newest fully-activated combat aviation brigade in the Army, after activating the CAB’s four remaining battalions during a ceremony on Founders Field, May 1.
The battalions activated were: 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment; 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment; 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment; and 404th Aviation Support Battalion.
“Today marks a significant milestone in the storied lineage of the 4th Infantry Division,” said Col. Robert T. Ault, commander, 4th CAB.
Ault said the CAB is full of professionals, leading formations that can succeed in any environment and bringing exponential value to the fight.
“Our ranks are filled with America’s best from across the globe, all volunteers committed to living the Army values, fighting for our nation and serving our community,” he said. “To our friends and brothers in arms, you will find no greater ally than the 4th CAB.”
The commanders of the four battalions said they believe their units are capable of handling any challenges.
“The opportunity to command and lead the 404th ASB is truly tremendous,” said Lt. Col. Lucinda Wilson, commander, 404th ASB. “The ‘Providers’ diligently propel our unit forward by increasing our aviation maintenance capability, developing ‘Iron Eagle’ strong families and Soldiers, and (providing) selfless, comprehensive and timely customer service. Our unit is a highly effective, standards-based team of professional Soldiers, delivering exceptional sustainment, service and support.”
The 3rd AHB, 4th Aviation Regiment, is the only assault helicopter battalion on Fort Carson, said Lt. Col. Neil Kugler, commander, 3rd AHB.
“The Soldiers of ‘Comanche Assault’ bring a truly unique capability to our brigade and Joint Task Force Carson,” said Kugler. “We will provide unconstrained mobility to the maneuver commander, allowing him to take the fight to the enemy at the time and location of his choosing. We will establish the reputation of our unit as a well-trained, high spirited, supremely disciplined and cohesive warfighting organization, on time and on target in everything we do.”
One of the battalions acts as a powerful force multiplier for the division or any unit they deploy with.
“We provide the ground force commander the ability to overwhelm the enemy with direct firepower and win tactical engagements,” said Lt. Col. Mark Weathers, commander, 4th ARB. “We will train our aircrews, build a proficient sustainment capacity and train our battalion staff to execute any tasks that come their way.”
Lt. Col. Stephen Gilbertson, commander, 1st ARB, 4th Aviation Regiment, said his battalion grows more engaged with executing the Iron Horse mission of building strong families and professional Soldiers.
“This battalion has an incredible history of selfless combat performance which our colors remind us each day,” said Gilbertson. “This activation has afforded us the opportunity to continue this proud lineage into the unknown future ahead, while safeguarding the most treasured commodity — the selfless sons and daughters of America who volunteered for this formation and the Army.”