LTG Charles D Luckey addresses concerns about the requirements for Ready Force X.
Army Reserve "Winged Warriors" provide military air travel at a moment’s notice
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon Harbaugh and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mike Garcia, U.S. Army Reserve pilots with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, walk off a C-12 Huron aircraft after moving it toward another hangar on Pope Airfield, Sept. 4, 2019, in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to hit the North Carolina coast within days. The company’s mission is to provide executive transportation to senior military officers, as well as supporting other high priority needs, such as blood resupply runs to medical sites, fly sniper teams, and travel to disaster relief sites as needed. Earlier in the morning, one of the company’s C-12 transported Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, to South Carolina, where Army Reserve Soldiers are staged to respond to relief efforts for Hurricane Dorian. Though made up mostly of Army Reserve officers who have civilian careers outside of the military, the company’s operation cell and pilots remain flexible to the needs of the military, often executing flight requests in less than 12 hours. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)
Sept. 5, 2019 - Within hours, the commanding general of the Army Reserve needs reliable flights to see troops face-to-face, whether training through the summer months or responding to real-world missions during hurricane season.

USAR Aviation Command tests readiness in face of Hurricane Dorian
The Army Reserve Aviation Command (ARAC) received a mission to evacuate nine UH-60s from Clearwater, Florida to Fort Knox Kentucky, Aug. 30, 2019 before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian, a major CAT 5 storm currently centered near the Bahamas.   

The ARAC assigned the mission to the 244th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade.  Aircrews from three locations - Clearwater, Fort Knox, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were transported to Clearwater on four C-12s from two different battalions.  6th Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment from Fort Knox and 2nd Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment from Fort Bragg moved the crews.  

The crews flew the nine aircraft to Fort Knox and were received by 8th Battalion, 229th Assault Helicopter Regiment and Aviation Support Facility Knox.  

C-12s from Fort Rucker, Alabama’s 2nd Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment flew the Fort Bragg crews home and a C-12 from 6th Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment from Fort Knox flew the Clearwater crews home.  

The entire mission from notification to complete was less than 72 hours covering a distance of 731 miles.

The ARAC, as a unified command covering coast to coast and the Army Reserve Aviation Support Facilities made this complex, multi-faceted operation possible.
Sept. 3, 2019 - Measuring readiness can be difficult. One way to measure readiness is to stress the system and evaluate the response. How the team responds when information, guidance and changes are swirling around them speaks to the resiliency of the unit. The Army Reserve Aviation Command (ARAC) did just this with the evacuation of nine UH-60 helicopters from Clearwater, Florida to Fort Knox, Kentucky on August 31, 2019. With less than 24 hours’ notice, the 244th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB) gathered Soldiers from three distinct location, assembled them in Clearwater, Florida, flew nine aircraft over 700 miles, and returned all the crews to their home station in the same day.

USAR, NJARNG, Jordanian soldiers conduct MEDEVAC training
Soldiers with the Jordan Armed Forces’ 7th Mechanized Infantry Battalion move away from a medical evacuation helicopter after loading a simulated casualty as U.S. Army Sgt. Michelle Shinafelt, right, flight medic, Golf Company, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 244th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, Army Reserve Aviation Command, directs them during medical evacuation training in preparation for exercise Eager Lion 2019, Aug. 21, 2019. This multinational exercise is U.S. Central Command’s premiere exercise in the Levant region and is a major training event that provides U.S. forces, Jordan Armed Forces and 28 other participating nations the opportunity to improve their collective ability to plan and operate in a coalition-type environment. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Zach Mott)
Aug. 29, 2019 - Jordanian and American soldiers partnered together to conduct medical evacuation drills for the first time with a U.S. Army Reserve aviation asset during several days in August. 

The 244th CAB helps mentor Iraqi Pilots
ERBIL, Iraq - An Italian Army crewmember looks out an NH-90 helicopter as it flies alongside an American UH-60 helicopter during a multinational flight movement near Erbil, Iraq, May 31, 2019.  The aircrafts’ primary missions are air movements and personnel recovery. Conducting multinational missions expands the Coalition lift capabilities, allowing the Coalition to circulate more passengers and cargo to sustain the fight. The Coalition remains united and determined in its mission to degrade and defeat Daesh, and continues to work with allies and partners to implement stabilization efforts (Photo by Task Force Griffon).
July 18, 2019 - U.S. Army Lt. Col. Natalie Nevins, 244th Combat Aviation Brigade Command Flight Surgeon, Task Force Warhawk, and her medical team traveled to the Iraqi Taji Airbase, Amber Zone, to mentor helicopter pilots from the Iraqi Army Aviation Squadron 55 unit, and demonstrate combat lifesaver and first aid skills June 17-20, 2019.

Multi-component soldiers unite, deliver aviation excellence
Sgt. Johnathan Kessel, an aviation component repairer (right) and Spc. James Chaffins, an aviation electrician both with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment, currently assigned to D Company, 8th Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, 244th Combat Aviation Brigade, troubleshoot a suspected malfunctioning UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter warning light, June 26, 2019, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Luis Delgadillo).
July 10, 2019 - The job can be simple: follow scheduled maintenance intervals, get parts, perform service and when necessary; find what is broken and fix it. Layer in the high temperatures, blowing dust and the demands of supporting Task Force Warhawk’s roles in Operations Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve, and the true maintenance mission for 244th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers begins to come into focus.
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