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B Co., 2-149 General Support Aviation Battalion

Unit Information

As part of the Army Aviation Transformation program, the battalion was re-designated as 2nd Battalion of the 149th Aviation Regiment on 1 June 2006, standing up one of the first General Support Aviation Battalions in the Army National Guard.  When the battalion is not deployed, it has always stood ready to fight fires and remains prepared to respond to any natural disaster.  2-149th GSAB was alerted for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) February 2007, mobilized and departed for Fort Sill, Oklahoma June 2008 and is currently undergoing final training and validation. The 2nd of the 149th will begin movement to the Middle East in late August and are expected to operate from Joint Base Balad in Balad, Iraq until mid 2009.

The companies within the battalion include Alpha Company UH-60 Blackhawk Air Assault helicopters; Bravo Company CH-47 Heavy Lift Chinook Helicopters; Charlie Company UH-60 Blackhawk Air Ambulance; Delta Company Aviation Maintenance; Echo Company Maintenance and Forward Support and Foxtrot Company Air Traffic Control.  Geographically scattered, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Bravo, Delta and Echo Companies are centered in Grand Prairie, Texas; Charlie Company in San Antonio, Texas; Alpha Company in Eastover, South Carolina; Foxtrot Company in Little Falls, Minnesota and three support detachments from San Antonio, Texas; Lexington, Oklahoma; and Eastover, South Carolina. 

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Bravo Company “Hookmasters,” has been praised for their support by many supported ground units. The Heavy Assault Company, flying CH47 helicopters, supports three different organizations, Segasoic, Task Force 714, as well as General Corps Aviation Support, based out of Grand Prairie, Texas. B Co. performed a diverse set of missions for customers across Iraq and Kuwait. Missions included Air Assaults, Direct Actions and general support for OCFI, CJSOAC, and the Theatre Corps, not to mention VIP movements in support of two presidential visits to Iraq.

Bravo Company started the deployment under the command of CPT Jason Rowe and 1SG Julio Ordonez. 1SG Ordonez was tragically killed in the Red River 44 accident, along with six other members of the Battalion. CPT Rowe changed command with CPT Ashley Brown in February 2009.


— Flew 248 missions
— Completed over 1,650 flight hours
— Moved over 9,400 passengers and 1.5 million pounds of cargo throughout Iraq
Hometown Connections- Texas

Unit address: 1013 Lakecrest Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Unit telephone: 512-782-3612
Recruiter telephone: 1-800-GO-GUARD


Iraq: Tuesday, 25 September, 2018 07:25 pm
Texas: Tuesday, 25 September, 2018 11:25 am
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Command Structure

Multi-National Force — Iraq
-Multi-National Corps — Iraq
--Task Force 34
---2-149 GSAB
---- B Co, 2-149 GSAB

Command Staff

Commander Commander
CPT Dean Rowe
B Co.
2-149 GSAB
  SFC Kevin McAnally
1SG, B CO.
2-149 GSAB
Specialized Equipment

CH-47 Chinook

Occupational Specialties

15F- Aircraft Electrician
15P- Aviatlon Operations Specialist
56M- Chaplain Assistant

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B Co., 2-149 In The News
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7 Mar., 2009

09/21/08 DoD Identifies Army Casualties

09/19/08 A sergeant who always put his men first

09/18/08 Seven killed in CH-47 crash west of Basra

National Guard unit deployed to Iraq
8 June, 2008

06/04/08 Kyle Skipworth has more on his mind than MLB amateur draft

B Co., 2-149 in The Flightline

Community center named in honor of fallen Soldiers
Spc. Jodi Krause
HSC 834th ASB Unit Public Affairs Representative
4 May, 2009

Halloween in Iraq
Story by SGT Edward Thorne, HHC 2-149 GSAB Unit Public Affairs Representative
21 Oct., 2008

Remembering the fallen
Written by SGT Lynette Hoke, Public Affairs Journalist
22 Sep., 2008

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