34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade
The St. Paul-based 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade is an Army National Guard unit that supports the 34th Infantry Division and the state of Minnesota by providing aviation capabilities – both UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters – for federal and state missions.
In 2019, the ECAB has several key training events to accomplish as they prepare for a deployment in the fall of 2019. The Soldiers will deploy in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve to provide aviation capabilities to the region. The brigade previously deployed to the region from 2014-2015.
The 34th ECAB started 2018 with a new name, the Red Devils, along with a new logo. The name “Red Devils” has historical meaning to the unit dating back to WWII. The Germans gave the 34th ID a nickname that translates to either “Red Bulls,” as adopted by the 34th ID, or “Red Devils,” to which the 34th ECAB chose to pay homage.
In March, the 834th Aviation Support Battalion went to the Sustainment Training Center at Camp Dodge, Iowa. There Soldiers conducted collective training on the latest generation of equipment, current doctrine and logistics enabler systems that support the aviation brigade.
Starting in April, Company B, 834th ASB provided aviation maintenance support to 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana. The 26 Soldiers maintained CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, ensuring a safe and productive JRTC rotation.
In May, the 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion collaborated with multiple states’ aviation units at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. As part of Task Force Ragnar, 384 Soldiers and Airmen supported the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment with aviation capabilities.
In June, the 34th ECAB Headquarters participated in the 34th Infantry Division’s warfighter exercise, validating command post operations through a virtual battlefield. Soldiers were challenged to take decisive action when conducting mission command in a high intensity and complex operating environment. The 34th ECAB Headquarters synchronously integrated aviation operations into the ground unit’s scheme of maneuver.
Also in June, 52 Soldiers from Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve to provide medical evacuation support as part of a battalion aviation task force. The Soldiers are expected to return in May 2019.
In September, Soldiers from Company B, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion supported hurricane response efforts for Hurricane Michael in Florida and Hurricane Florence in South Carolina. The Soldiers used their CH-47 Chinook helicopters to transport personnel and equipment in support of relief efforts.
- Headquarters and Headquarters Company
- 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion
- 834th Aviation Support Battalion
- B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment
- C Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment
- Detachment 39 Operational Support Airlift Command