166th Aviation Brigade

166th Aviation Brigade The 166th Aviation Brigade, First Army Division West, is the only unit responsible for mobilization The 166th Aviation Brigade (166th Avn. Bde.) Bde.

is an aviation training brigade of the United States Army headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas. It is a subordinate unit of First Army - Division West. Comprised of an AC/RC (Active Component/Reserve Component) formation, the 166th Avn. is made up of drilling Reservists, active duty Soldiers, mobilized Reservists, Operation Warrior Trainer augmentee Soldiers, civilians and Mil-Techs. The 166th Bde.

is the sole organization responsible for the post-mobilization training of United States Army Reserve & National Guard aviation units. Thus, 166th maintains validation authority or final approval over a CAB's successful completion of mobilization training. Activated near the end of the Cold War, the 166th Aviation Brigade was created specifically to serve as a training unit for the aviation assets of other units. And as the only brigade in the First Army responsible for training aviation units, 166th is the principal unit for training Army Reserve and Army National Guard assets preparing to deploy to contingencies around the world. This means that the Brigade it is responsible for 48 percent of all Army Aviation assets.

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CPT Annette Kaufman was promoted to Major in ceremony April 12, 2015. Her son David, daughter-in-law Megan and granddaughter Evelyn traveled from Round Rock, Texas to pin her. CPT Kaufman reaffirmed her oath of office with COL Albus. MAJ Kaufman hosted a breakfast and lunch for reserve component Headhunters following the ceremony.


Thank you, 166th Aviation Brigade Soldiers, Civilians, and Families for sharing in my retirement ceremony and party. It was everything I had wanted to share with you, my family and friends. It has been a pleasure and honor in serving with this great organization. Special thanks to CSM Cuadrado for providing the music at the party and to my family and friends for traveling long distance for this special day. Thanks again, SGM (Retired) Hunter.


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U.S. Army Forces Command recognizes exceptional individuals and organizations for their safety efforts with the Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award (AEOSA / O-5 through O-9 Level Commands) and the Army Individual Award for Excellence in Safety (AIAES). Nominees competed against peer organizations and represent the most outstanding of FORSCOM organizations and individuals in safety.

Congratulations to the following winners!

🏆 Army Individual Award for Excellence in Safety (AIAES):
▪️ Field Grade Officer: MAJ Timothy M. Kibbe, 5th Battalion, 52D Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade, 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command.
▪️ Company Grade Officer: CPT Cassandra M. Immel, 1-338th Training Support Battalion, 181st Infantry Brigade, First Army Division West.
▪️ Warrant Officer: CW3 Brian M. Lazzara, 3rd Battalion, 351st Aviation Regiment, 166th Aviation Brigade, First Army Division West.
▪️ Noncommissioned Officer E5-E9: SFC Mark A. Chapman, Headquarters DIVARTY, 3rd Infantry Division, XVIII Airborne Corps.
▪️ Enlisted E1-E4: SPC Alexander Cortez, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps.
▪️ Department of the Army Civilian GS 13-15: Mr. Rico A. Williams, Headquarters, JRTC and Fort Polk.
▪️ Department of the Army Civilian GS 7-12: Mr. Brian G. Russell, Headquarters, U.S. Army Reserve.

🏆 Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award (AEOSA):
▪️ O-9 Level Command: XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg.
▪️ O-8 Level Command: 416th Theater Engineer Command, USARC.
▪️ O-7 Level Command: 9th Mission Support Command , USARC.
▪️ O-6 Level Command: 166th Aviation Brigade, Division West, First Army.
▪️ O-5 Level Command: 759th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, III Corps and Fort Hood.

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Happening Today 166th Aviation Brigade is hosting ’s Martin Luther King Jr. observance ceremony at the Phantom Warrior Center today from 11:30am - 12:30 pm. Join leaders and Soldiers from around the installation for this education and engaging event, Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
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Fort Hood Sentinel First Army Division West 120th Infantry Brigade (Official) 166th Aviation Brigade Master Resiliency Training
The Gatesville Fire Dept and the North Fort Hood Fire Department joined us at the airfield on Tuesday evening to receive training on aircraft evacuation safety. The training was provided by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew Dutton of 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Andy Rearick of 166th Aviation Brigade utilizing UH-60 Blackhawks and CH-47 Chinooks from the 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade for demonstration. Special thanks to our local fire departments for attending and for all they do as fire fighters!

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The return of the 166th Aviation Brigade, which was previously deactivated as the Army downsized, is expected to bring an additional 137 soldiers to Fort Hood. Please note: This article was published 15 June 2017.

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