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 2021, Soldiers of the ECAB will attend post-deployment events in order to reset and reintegrate after deployment.
The 34th ECAB kicked off 2020 by taking over as the unit in charge of aviation support for Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield in the Middle East. Within a week of the transfer of authority, the 34th ECAB reinforced the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and assisted with the evacuation of non-essential personnel; established aviation operations in five different countries; and successfully executed their response plan to Shia Militia Groups and Iranian missile strikes.
The brigade supported the closure of six different bases throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
They executed over 14,000 hours of flight operations for attack and lift rotary wing aircraft; over 1,500 hours of fixed wing flight operations; over 200 medical evacuation missions; and over 14,000 hours of unmanned aerial attack and surveillance operations. The brigade also transported over 22,000 personnel, more than 600 distinguished visitors, and over 4.5 million pounds of cargo.
In March, 10 Soldiers and a CH-47 Chinook from Company B, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion deployed for State Active Duty flood relief support to the state of Nebraska. During their 16-day mission, Company B moved numerous passengers and more than 296,000 pounds of equipment and supplies.
In May, 52 Soldiers from Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion re-deployed from Kuwait after a successful mission of providing medical evacuation support o Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve under the 35th ECAB.
The 34th ECAB "Red Devils" spent 2019 preparing for deployment by completing annual training at Camp Ripley Training Center and conducting regionally aligned forces training prior to departing for additional mobilization training at Fort Hood, Texas.
In October, 34th ECAB deployed with nearly 700 Soldiers from Minnesota to command an aviation task force of over 1,400 Soldiers from the active component, Army Reserves, Army National Guard from ten different states, and coalition partners from Spain and Italy.
On December 5, 2019, the 34th ECAB experienced a tragic loss after a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a maintenance flight southwest of St. Cloud, Minnesota, killing three Soldiers from Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion.
- 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