Aviation Branch History

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The United States Army Aviation Branch is responsible for doctrine, manning and configuring all aviation units. Army Aviation’s sole mission is to find, fix, and destroy the enemy through fire and maneuver. As an integral member of the combined arms team, Aviation provides combat, combat support and combat service support in coordinated operations. Today, Army Aviation has more flexible and versatile assets to fulfill a variety of maneuvers, roles and functions. Unlike other members of the combined arms team, these cover the spectrum of combined arms operations. Army Aviation offers many jobs in order to fulfill their roles for both officers and enlisted in the reserves or active duty. The use of aviation in the Army can be traced back to…show more content…
This marked the beginning of Army Aviation. During the First World War, aircraft strength grew from a few dozen to over 11,000. This increased the number of aviation personnel dramatically. The Army Air Service was created in May 1918. After World War I, the Air Service became a separate combat arm, equal in status to the infantry, cavalry, and artillery. In 1926, the name was changed to Army Air Corps. In June 1941, the Air Corps and other Army air elements were merged to form the Army Air Forces, co-equal with the Army Ground Forces and the Army Service Forces. During 1970s through 1982 the Department of the Army and U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command conducted extensive studies in order to make aviation its own branch. A separate aviation branch was created on 12 April 1983. Aviation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses began at Fort Rucker in 1984, and a gradual consolidation of aviation-related activities followed. In 1987, a Noncommissioned Officers Academy was established at Fort Rucker. In 1988, the Army Aviation Logistics School, which had been dependent on the Transportation Center at Fort Eustis, was incorporated into the Aviation

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