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Soldiers with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade participate in duel door gunnery during Aerial Gunnery on Grafenwohr Training Area, Germany, July 24, 2020. This exercise’s purpose is to further train pilots and their crewmen in a live-ire exercise. The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade is a Combat Aviation Brigade of the United States Army. It was first organized as the 12th Aviation Group at Fort Benning, Georgia, on 18 June 1965.
The brigade is currently based around Ansbach, Bavaria, in Germany, and headquartered in Katterbach Kaserne, with subordinate units at Katterbach Army Airfield, Grafenwoehr Army Airfield, and Wiesbaden Army Airfield. In March 2013, for the first time since 2007, the entire 12th CAB returned to Germany where they continue to train and operate in support of EUCOM and AFRICOM contingency missions.
U.S. Army airlift capabilities are in high demand as the military works to increase its presence across eastern Europe to reassure allies after Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine last year. Still, Army officials emphasized the reorganization should not be taken as a sign that the military is shifting away from Europe, where U.S. commanders say security can no longer be taken for granted.