Guard Battalions To Keep Apaches Identified
Mississippi, both Carolinas, the Lone Star State, and Utah — that’s who will be flying the AH-64 helicopter going forward, according to NGAUS (the National Guard Association of the United States). Arizona and Pennsylvania will be losing their AH-64s; Missouri and Idaho, which had Apaches when the ARI was announced, transitioned to Black Hawks in 2016.
The aircraft was originally slated for removal from the Guard inventory, but results of the Aviation Restructuring Initiative, made public three years ago were countered by the findings of the National Commission on the Future of the Army. Those findings recommended four Apache helicopters be left in the Army Guard, which at the time controlled eight units.
These four battalions will control just 18 aircraft, versus 24 birds assigned to active duty battalions. Army National Guard units to fly the Apache hail from the following:
1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 130th Aviation (NC)
1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 151st Aviation (SC)
1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 149th Aviation (TX)
1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 211th Aviation (UT)
You can read all the details in: Army Announces Where Apaches Land in Guard.
Cover photo: Soldiers from 3rd BCT, TF 2nd Battalion 2nd Infantry receive AH-64 escort enroute to Fallujah prior to Operation Al-Fajr. DVIDS photo by Sgt. Kimberly Snow.
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