|3-159 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion
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3-159 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) is a U.S. Army unit under the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade when stationed in Germany. They are currently deployed to Balad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of Task Force 34.
The 3-159 deployed to Iraq in August of 2008 and should return to Germany in late summer of 2009.
The Attack Reconnaissance Battalion is comprised of a headquarters company, three flight companies, a maintenance company and a refueling company. They are one of five battalions that make up Task Force 34 at Balad, Iraq.
The battalion is physically split between Balad and Basrah.
The battalion headquarters is focused on providing flight operations support, flight following, conducts intelligence analysis, supply management, human resources functions, communications networking and repair and other miscellaneous activities to support the battalion operations functions.
The flight companies have conducted many classified missions that include a full range of ground mission support such as base security, direct support to ground maneuver operations, general security support for Baghdad and Basrah areas, indirect fire/counter mortar and attack reconnaissance. They have also conducted aerial escort missions.
Delta Company is the Battalion maintenance support for keeping the aircraft mission ready. They have really excelled by maintaining the BN fleet and keeping the aircraft flying while being physically split between two base locations.
Echo Company is also operating two separate Forward Arming and Refueling Points (FARPs) to keep the aircraft armed and refueled for rapid deployment and response capabilities.
The biggest challenge the BN is facing is providing attack aircraft coverage from two separate locations and covering a large portion of the country.
The 3-159 ARB provides attack reconnaissance assets and utility helicopter escort throughout the Multi-National Corps - Iraq Area of Responsibility in order to facilitate efforts to achieve a stable Iraq through the advancement of a sustainable security environment.
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3-159th Rear Detachment
CMR 416 APO, AE 09140
Located at Bldg. 6506, Storck Barracks, Illesheim, Germany
Commander: CPT Michael Kaminski
1SG: 1SG James Inman
Retention NCO: SGT Clarence Gifford
Family Readiness: Genevieve Torres
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|3-159 In The News
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3-159 in The Flightline
Running with the Red Bulls
SSG Lynette Hoke, Task Force 34 Public Affairs Journalist
2 May, 2009
The evolution of Basrah's living quarters
By Sgt. Richard Brown
By SGT Brant Feivou, A Co. 3-159th ARB
27 Feb., 2009
A 'Sweet' Game of Rugby
Sgt. Lynette Hoke
20 Feb., 2009
Home on the range
By SGT Brandon Dryburgh
HHC 3/159 ARB Unit Public Affairs Representative
15 Feb., 2009
Sgt. Lynette Hoke
15 Feb., 2009
D Co. 3-159th ARB completes CLS recertification training
By SPC Shawn Harrah, D Co. 3-159th ARB
5 Feb 09
Super Sunday Iraq Style
By Sgt Timothy Stocking, TF34 Retention NCOIC
01 Feb., 2009
Charlie Company keeps Apaches flying
By Spec. Jonathan Rummel
3-159 HHC Unit Public Affairs Representative
1 Jan., 2009
A Big Box of Caring
Spec. Neil Dalson
D Co., 3-159 ARB Unit Public Affairs Representative
20 Dec., 2008
Turkey Day Another Way
By SGT Lynette Hoke, Public Affairs Journalist
27 Nov., 2008
TF 34 Soldiers gain U.S. citizenship
Spc Jodi Krause, 834 Aviation Support Battalion Unit Public Affairs Representative
8 Nov., 2008
3-159th ARB Highway Courtesy
Written by Neil Dalson
D Co. 3-159 ARB Public Affairs Representative
7 Nov., 2008
Soldiers are baptized in Biblical lands
Written by SPC Jodi Krause, HSC 834th ASB Public Affairs Representative
28 Oct., 2008
Balad FARP Operations
Story by SGT Jose Isales, D 3-159 AHB Unit Public Affairs Representative
11 Oct., 2008
D Co. 3-159 exceeds standard for reenlistments
Story by SPC Neil Dalson, D 3-159 AHB Unit Public Affairs Representative
Quick Strike Battalion relieves Gunslingers in Iraq,
19 Aug., 2008
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