Army Reserve Soldiers with Delta Company, 5th Battalion, 159th General Support Aviation Battalion, 244th Aviation Brigade, 11th Aviation Command conduct preflight checks on their helicopters in preparation to provide support for Hurricane Florence relief efforts as part of the Total Army Response. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Sgt. Fred Brown/214th MPAD.)
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.

Up up, away
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with G Company, 5th General Support Aviation Battalion, 244th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Warhawk, land a UH-60 Black Hawk to provide air support to their comrades, with 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Regiment, 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 42nd Infantry Division, New Jersey National Guard, during medical evacuation training at Joint Training Center-Jordan August 23, 2019. The Army’s first priority is readiness, the capability of our forces to conduct the full range of military operations to defeat all enemies regardless of the threats they pose, is paramount. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Shaiyla B. Hakeem)
Sept. 3, 2019 - U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with G Company, 5th General Support Aviation Battalion, 244th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Warhawk, provided air support to fellow comrades, with 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Regiment (102 CAV), 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 42nd Infantry Division, New Jersey National Guard, for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) training at Joint Training Center-Jordan August 23, 2019.

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.

Black Hawk helicopter pilot interns with Army researchers
Researchers from the RDECOM Research Laboratory, the Army's Corporate Research Laboratory (ARL), recently partnered with Texas A&M University to work on artificial intelligence and machine learning as applied to material informatics (and genome). First Lt. Levi McClenny, a doctoral candidate in the university's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an active member of the U.S. Army Reserve serving as a platoon leader and Black Hawk helicopter pilot in an aviation battalion in Conroe, Texas, recently completed a two-week internship under the leadership of Dr. Mulugeta Haile (left) at the lab's Vehicle Technology Directorate at APG. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
Dec. 21, 2018 - Researchers from the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command Research Laboratory, the Army's corporate research laboratory, recently partnered with Texas A&M University to work on artificial intelligence and machine learning as applied to material informatics (and genome).

U.S. Army Reserve aviators transport donated water
U.S. Army Reserve aviators from the 7th Battalion (General Support Aviation Battalion), 158th Aviation Regiment , stationed in Conroe, Texas and currently assigned to Task Force Iron Eagle, are conducting water re-supply missions to Beaumont. An anonymous billionaire donated three semi-trailers full of bottle water to relieve water shortages caused by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Capt. Loyal Auterson/U.S. Army Reserve Command)(Released)
Sept. 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.

U.S. Army Reserve rescues 3,300 victims from Hurricane Harvey flooding
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 79th Quartermaster Company, 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, based in Houston, provide LMTVs to assist in the evacuation of residents affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 28, 2017. Rescue efforts are on-going and the U.S. Army Reserve is agile and capable, providing aviation and ground assets to assist the people of Texas. (U.S. Army Reserve photo courtesy 79th Quartermaster Company)
Aug. 30, 2017 - Army Reserve Soldiers from Texas and Colorado continue to support aviation and wheeled vehicle rescues of displaced civilians in affected areas.

U.S. Army Reserve aviators rescues mother, child
Sgt. Sara Cashdollar, an Army Reserve flight paramedic, C Company, 7-158 General Services Aviation Battalion, escorts a mother and her child off of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, Conroe, Texas, August 29, 2017. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Capt. Loyal Auterson) (Released)
Aug. 30, 2017 - Army Reserve flight paramedics assigned to, C Company, 7-158 General Services Aviation Battalion, rescues a mother and child from rising floodwater.

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