Mar 5, 2014
US Army Plans to Cut 3 of 13 Aviation Brigades by 2019
The service’s active component currently fields four heavy CABs, 8 medium, and 1 with Full-Spectrum capabilities, but the restructure will reduce the number of aviation brigades by three in the active component.
Under the plan, the Army’s Reserve component will be able maintain its 12 aviation brigades but they will be restructured and optimized for assault, lift and medavac missions.
The announcement comes on the heels of the Army’s proposal to take all of the National Guard’s Apache attack helicopters to fulfill the active army’s aerial scout mission after it divests itself of the Kiowa helicopters currently fulfilling that mission.