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.