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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. The 2nd of the 149th moved 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. 

2-149, known as Task Force Joker, conducts aviation combat support and aeromedical evacuation operations throughout the Multi-National Corps - Iraq Area of Responsibility, in order to defeat AQI and deny its resurgence, isolate extremists, and enable development of local security.

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“What I would like people to remember about this deployment is what the Soldiers have achieved, individually and collectively as an organization. It was a pretty incredible task when started this whole transformation in June 2006 all the way to the deployment in May 2008. Essentially, we went from 60% strength to over 104% strength in less than six months, and went through several inspections as well as a rigorous train up in preparation for this deployment. The Soldiers stepped up to the plate and did a phenomenal job. I would say that is probably one of our biggest accomplishments. We took one of the most complex aviation battalions, in the brigade and turned it into a functioning war fighting machine, and I’m the most proud of that.”

LTC Joanne MacGregor
Commander, 2-149 GSAB


Command Sgt. Maj. Simms


Talks to a military reporter about training for this deployment, his pride for his unit, thanks Soldiers families for their support and care packages and sends thanks to fellow Soldiers
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Lt. Col. MacGregor


Talks to a military reporter about her unit Task Force Jokers Wild, the unit being spread out in Iraq, how training prepared the unit to be spread out in Iraq, what she sees as the most successful aspect of the operations so far and what she would like people to remember about this deployment.
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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, 21 August, 2018 05:40 pm
Texas: Tuesday, 21 August, 2018 09:40 am
Hometown Connections- South Carolina

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Recruiter telephone: 1-800-GO-GUARD


South Carolina: Tuesday, 21 August, 2018 10:40 am
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Command Structure

Multi-National Force — Iraq
-Multi-National Corps — Iraq
--Task Force 34
---2-149 GSAB
---- HHC 2-149 GSAB, TX Nat. Guard
---- A 2-149 GSAB, SC Nat. Guard
---- B 2-149 GSAB, TX Nat. Guard
---- C 2-149 GSAB, TX Nat. Guard
---- D 2-149 GSAB, TX Nat. Guard
---- E 2-149 GSAB, TX Nat. Guard

Command Staff

Commander CSM
LTC Joanne MacGregor, Commander
2-149 GSAB
  CSM Anthony Simms,
2-149 GSAB
Specialized Equipment

CH-47 Chinook
UH-60 Black Hawk

Occupational Specialties

56M- Chaplain Assistant

Unit Links

Family Readiness Group

Unit History

A chaplain's view of Iraq blog

Unit Newsletters

Red River 44 blog

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2-149 In The News
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National Guard unit plans park to honor fallen guardsman
7 Mar., 2009

Garland Soldier climbs Ur archeological site in Iraq
9 Feb., 2009

The man with the power

9 Jan., 2009

The real heroes are at home

8 Jan., 2009

'Xavi' Gudino goes to war

26 Dec., 2009

Ladies Night Out Tournament
Story by 2LT George Wiley
E Co., 1-244 AHB
25 Oct., 2008

'T'-patch pride
14 Oct., 2008

Iraq love and war story
30 Sept., 2008

Citizenship 101
29 Sept., 2008

Mortaritaville and the Big Beat
23 Sept., 2008

DoD Identifies Army Casualties
21 Sept., 2008

Seven Soldiers from Grand Prairie National Guard unit killed in Iraq
21 Sep, 2008

A sergeant who always put his men first
19 Sept., 2008

Seven killed in CH-47 crash west of Basra
18 Sept., 2008

Cooking up the home fires
17 Sept., 2008

1,600 Soldiers from TF 34 deploy

4 Aug., 2008

Short range marksmanship training
24 June, 2008

Another group of Oklahoma Soldiers deployed
9 June, 2008

Some Oklahoma troops starting their 4th tours
9 June, 2008

National Guard unit deployed to Iraq
8 June, 2008

Kyle Skipworth has more on his mind than MLB amateur draft

4 June, 2008

2-149 in The Flightline

May 13, 2-149 Blackhawks depart JBB , download

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

Running with the Red Bulls
SSG Lynette Hoke, Task Force 34 Public Affairs Journalist
2 May, 2009

MEDEVAC compound dedicated in memory of fallen Soldier
By Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ewer
Task Force 34 Public Affairs Chief
20 Apr., 2009

McKinley Visits Guard Members During Central Command Trip
Story by Master Sgt. Mike Smith
National Guard Bureau
3 Mar., 2009

Rat Pack forms to fill mission gap
By SGT Edward Thorne
HHC 2-149th GSAB Unit Public Affairs Representative
1 Mar. 2009

Soldiers Acting In Iraq
By Sgt. Edward Thorne, HHC 2-149 GSAB Unit Public Affairs Representative
25 Jan., 2009

Fallen Soldier
By SGT Edward Thorne, 2-149 GSAB Unit Public Affairs Representative
18 Jan., 2008

Rock Band and a Fajita Feast
By Sgt. Edward Thorne, HHC 2-149 GSAB Unit Public Affairs Representative
25 Dec., 2008

Keeping Promises
1Lt. Anthony Sims
D Co. 2-149 Unit Public Affairs Representative   
18 Dec. 2008

Texas Bean Cook-Off Showdown
Written by 1LT Anthony Sims
D Co., 2-149th GSAB Unit Public Affairs Representative
4 Dec., 2008

Original Java archives medevac history
Written by SGT Lynette Hoke, Task Force 34 Public Affairs Journalist
30 Nov., 2008

Podcast: Interviews with Soldiers of TF34 celebrating Marine Corps birthday.

Turkey Shoot
By Sgt. Edward Thorne, HHC 2-149th GSAB Unit Public Affairs Representative
27 Nov., 2008

Eagle Scout shows support for troops in Iraq
By SGT Edward Thorne, 2-149 GSAB Unit Public Affairs Representative
15 Nov., 2008

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

Texas Students write Soldiers
Story by SGT Jose Isales, D 3-159 AHB Unit Public Affairs Representative
13 Oct., 2008

Remembering the fallen

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

Charlie Med. trains at Fort Sill

By Army Lt. COL Arthur M. Hobbs
479th Field Artillery Brigade, Public Affairs Office, First Army Division West
18 July, 2008

2-149 mobilizes at Ft. Sill for Iraq tour
Written by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Walter Payne, D 2-149 Unit Public Affairs Rep.
June 23, 2008

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