JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The Department of the Army announced today the stationing of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a phased action that will see the first unit elements activated at JBLM as early as June 2011, with the final unit activated approximately Sept. 2014.
The headquarters of the 16th CAB, which currently resides at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, will move to JBLM along with other units currently stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas. The 4th Squadron, 6th Air Cavalry Regiment which is currently stationed at JBLM will also join the 16th CAB. The stationing of the 16th CAB at JBLM will mean the addition of approximately 1,400 new Soldiers and 44 helicopters.
The addition of a medium combat aviation brigade at JBLM is necessary to support mission, training and operations for units assigned to the base. There are nine brigades (three being Stryker brigades) at JBLM plus other major subordinate commands, together totaling more than 40,000 Soldiers and Airmen. Additional aviation assets are needed to support training for these forces consistent with Army doctrine, as well as support future operational mission requirements in accordance with the needs of the Army.
“Having the 16th CAB at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will give I Corps and our major subordinate commands an unprecedented degree of training and operational flexibility. Currently, JBLM is the only Corps-sized installation without a Combat Aviation Brigade. As the Pacific region’s premier Army corps, we need the potent warfighting capability that the new CAB will bring us,” said Maj. Kathleen Turner, spokeswomen for I Corps.