34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade
The St. Paul-based 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade is an Army National Guard unit that supports the 34th Infantry Division and the state of Minnesota by providing aviation capabilities - both UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters and the C-12 Huron fixed-wing aircraft - for federal and state missions.
The Minnesota-based subordinate units of the 34th CAB are the 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion, the 834th Aviation Support Battalion, C Company, 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment, B Company and C Company of the 2nd Battalion, 211th General Support Aviation Battalion, and F Company, 1-189 Aviation Regt., General Support Aviation Battalion.
Outside Minnesota, the 34th CAB provides training and operational guidance to the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment of the N.D., the 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation of the Montana and Missouri National Guard and the 1st Battalion, 183rd Aviation Regiment of the Idaho National Guard.
In March the 834th Aviation Support Battalion will conduct a Sustainment Training Center at Camp Dodge, Iowa. In May, 2-147th AHB will conduct a National Training Center rotation at Fort Irwin, California, in support of the 278th Armored Brigade Combat Team. In June the Brigade headquarters will participate as a training audience as part of the 34th Infantry Division's Warfighter exercise. These major training events will continue to build collective readiness as the brigade prepares for future federal and domestic missions.
Company C, 2-211th GSAB will mobilize in June to deploy with the 35th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade. The unit will provide medical evacuation in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve in the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
In April the brigade welcomed home 20 Soldiers from Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. The unit provided air assault and aerial movement of troops, equipment and supplies. Over the course of the deployment, the company logged over 2,700 flight hours, executed more than 300 combat missions, moved more than 1,000,000 pounds of cargo and performed thousands of aircraft maintenance hours. Upon return, the unit was awarded the John J. Stanko Army National Guard unit of the year award by the Army Aviation Association of America.
Over Memorial Day weekend Soldiers of Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion conducted a short-notice domestic operation mission with Minnesota State Patrol, helping to rescue two missing paddlers in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
In June, the 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion supported the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment during an eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise. It was the first reserve component-dedicated aviation support for an XCTC rotation.
Also in June, Company C, 2-211th GSAB traveled to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, as an element of the aviation task force. While at NTC, the unit supported the training rotation with medical evacuation aircrews.
In July, the 34th ECAB Headquarters participated in the biennial Talisman Saber exercise hosted by U.S. Pacific Command and the Australian Defense Force. The Soldiers traveled to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, to conduct the command post exercise, synchronizing aviation operations with the ground forces.
In the fall of 2017, the 34th ECAB responded to the need for aviation assets in the Southern United States to support hurricane relief efforts. In early September, 11 Soldiers and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Company B, 2-211th GSAB deployed to Texas to transport personnel and equipment out of the communities damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Later in September, an additional CH-47 and six personnel partnered with the Florida National Guard to provide relief from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Finally, in late October, 13 Soldiers and two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from Company C, 2-211th GSAB mobilized for 30 days to Puerto Rico in support hurricane recovery efforts. These Soldiers provided humanitarian support to multiple locations within Puerto Rico and flew over 40 hours while working as part of an aviation task force.
In September, the brigade officially transitioned from a combat aviation brigade to an expeditionary combat aviation brigade as part of the U.S. Army's Aviation Restructuring Initiative.
- Headquarters and Headquarters Company
- 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion
- 834th Aviation Support Battalion
- B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment
- C Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment
- Detachment 39 Operational Support Airlift Command