U.S. Army Reserve

 

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The U.S. Army Reserve Aviation Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky, exercises mission command for all Army Reserve aviation. The ARAC provides air traffic services airfield management, aeromedical evacuation, combat aviation brigade reinforcement, theater aviation support, and coordination of aviation staging and onward movement in order to support Army or joint operations.

The Army Reserve Aviation Command functions as a warfighting headquarters and as a functional command. As a functional command, the unit provides command and control for all Army Reserve aviation. As a warfighting command, the unit provides command, control, staff planning, and supervision for two aviation brigades and one air traffic service brigade.

With approximately 5,000 Soldiers, 583 Civilians and more than 190 aircraft in 12 states, the Army Reserve Aviation Command is one-of-a-kind in the U.S. Army Reserve, providing air assault, air movement, aeromedical evacuation, and inter- and intra-theater transportation. Additionally, the command supports all FEMA regions within the United States to support emergency response.

When it was constituted in 1963 as the Regular Army’s 11th Aviation Command, the intent was to formulate a unit that could move one-third of a division’s infantry battalions and supporting units in one single helicopter lift. This test proved highly successful and resulted in the unit being reorganized and re-designated Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 11th Aviation Group, and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). The 11th Aviation Group earned multiple unit awards including the Presidential Unit Citation for actions in Vietnam.


DID YOU KNOW?
The Army Reserve Aviation Command functions as a warfighting headquarters and as a functional command. As a functional command, the unit provides command and control for all Army Reserve aviation.

IN THE NEWS
September 3, 2017 - Once the skies cleared after Hurricane Harvey moved off, the work of cleaning up was hampered by flooding across the counties. This didn’t slow down the tight-knit aviation community around Conroe.
August 30, 2017 - Army Reserve Soldiers from Texas and Colorado continue to support aviation and wheeled vehicle rescues of displaced civilians in affected areas.
August 30, 2017 - Army Reserve flight paramedics assigned to, C Company, 7-158 General Services Aviation Battalion, rescues a mother and child from rising floodwater.
August 28, 2017 - Four lives were saved by Army Reserve Soldiers from the 1-158th Assault Helicopter Battalion, Army Reserve Aviation Command during emergency evacuation operations from the City of Conroe, Sewer Water Treatment Facility, responding to the immediate needs of stranded employees due to rising flood water.
March 22, 2017 - Under the operational guidelines outlined in the Immediate Response Authority, DoD Directive 3025.18, elements of the Army Reserve Aviation Command (ARAC) met the call to man, equip and execute their first ever air mission within 30 hours of alert. Immediate Response Authority authorizes local Army Reserve commanders at the request of a local civil authority to take action to save lives, prevent human suffering or mitigate great property damage in a situation of urgency for up to 72-hours when there is insufficient time to gain approval from higher headquarters.