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Aviation brigade boasts 4 battalions

Published: May 7, 2014, 12:19 pm, by Tom Roeder

carsonYears in the making, Fort Carson’s 4th Combat Aviation Brigade reached full activation April 30.
The 2,800-soldier brigade has been growing on the post since 2011 and the recent ceremony marked the activation of the rest of its battalions — two reconnaissance units, an attack battalion and a support battalion.
The final battalions join a unit that’s already made a name for itself in the Pikes Peak region. While at partial strength in 2013, the brigade gathered enough choppers to help battle the Black Forest fire and join in rescue efforts during September flooding that hit the Front Range.
“They flew more than 913 missions, dropped more than 700,000 gallons of water during the Black Forest fire, and contributed to the largest airlift evacuation since Hurricane Katrina during the Boulder floods,” Fort Carson said in a news release.
The brigade still has room to grow.
It now has more than 1,500 of what will be a roster of more than 2,500 soldiers and 87 of 113 aircraft.